By Sarah Fry and Brad Larrison

Kensington: A View of a Drive-By Shooting

Kensington: A View of a Drive-By Shooting
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Police investigated the scene in Kensington.

Gun violence in the city happens all the time, but most people rarely see it as it unfolds. While working on a documentary project, This is Kensington, Brad Larrison and I were caught in the middle of this violence as it happened. Some would say wrong place, wrong time.

The project we were working on is focused on telling the stories of everyday people in Kensington.

Malik, a tall, African-American man saw us taking video of two women under the El near Kensington and Cambria streets.

He asked us if we wanted to come along with him. He had his 9-month-old son in his hands and his 4-year-old daughter, dressed in a jean jacket and moccasins, walked along side of him.

He told us that we could come and talk with his family about the area, so we followed him to his house. He was picking his children up from day care.

When we got to the house Malik put his baby boy inside and his little girl followed. He asked us to wait outside for a minute while he tidied up the place, shuffling some things under the rug and making a space for us. Then came four pops, but I wasn’t really counting. Instantly, they registered as gunshots.

Down the street only two houses away a tan car with the passenger side door open drove closer. I couldn’t tell from my angle if they were shooting. The driver hit the van that I am crouching next to for cover, right in front of me, not 2 feet away.

The victim’s head smashed into the window and there was smoke everywhere. Music was still playing loudly from the car. Brad and I looked at what was happening. With my left hand I dialed 911. With my right hand I began taking photographs. The passenger ran to the street and fell to the ground. The driver didn’t move. The driver’s sister came up to the car and saw what happened, “Oh, my God!” Her brother was dead.

Daniel Walker, 24, has been charged with murdering Theodore Cossum, 20, authorities said.


6 comments on “Kensington: A View of a Drive-By Shooting

  1. This makes me feel really disgusted with the fact that gun violence receives such a fever pitch of attention when it happens in the suburbs, but goes unnoticed like a normal everyday event when it happens in the city. It’s really sad.

  2. Shirly on said:

    This happened in Kensington? Not the suburbs.

  3. Athena on said:

    Thank you for documenting this. As sad as events such as these are, people need to be conscious of the fact that this happens. They also need to be aware of their surroundings and able to protect themselves and their families.

  4. Thesestreets on said:

    No national moment if silence for Theodore Cossum, because as a society we’ve decided that this is what happens to people that are this color in this kind of neighborhood. And the gun laws just keep getting looser.

  5. helina on said:

    Daniel is not a bad person…. Know him for years, the events may present him as a monster but he is a sweetheart…. Sad to see this on here..

  6. Bill Kinkle on said:

    Showing the identity of the victim in this fashion is a disgrace, No family member needs to see this as their last memory of their husband, father or brother. This is Kensington took the video down from their site last week why haven’t you? Have some respect for the family. Moreover, this kind of emotion driven event can spark more senseless violence in our community. Please remove this video.

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