I personally witnessed an incredibly violent incident today at the McDades parking lot. I hesitated to reach out to the Watch List, however, have made the decision to outline what we saw, first hand. You all make your own decisions.
At 5:15 today, we were going out to dinner. As we drove down Northside Drive, we noted in the parking lot of McDades, what appeared to be a fight ongoing. A young white man, in a burgundy vehicle, was inside his car with his trunk open. The car, sitting in front of the Pizza Store, and McCallisters, was sitting behind an older Buick (complete with rims, wheels, etc.) and 3 young black men were violently beating on his car, had taken his spare tire out of his trunk, and were jumping on his car, attempting to bust out his window, kicking his doors in, all while holding up their pants, or intermittently pulling them up. From what we could gather, the young man initially exited his vehicle, then was attacked, his trunk popped open, etc., and he got back in somehow, and locked his doors. Multiple cars were stopped in and around the incident, however, nothing was stopping the enraged young men. Remember --- This was 5:15 p.m. -- broad daylight on a Thursday afternoon, and this time, close to home. We stopped on the side of the road, proceeded to call 911, and blew our horn unceasingly. The young men were enraged and paid no attention. No one was certain if they had guns, etc. Nothing halted them from their attack on the young white man, sitting in his car. They ultimately high fived each other, ran back to their car, and drove off on Canton Mart Rd.
We drove back into the McDades' parking lot via the Subway entrance. The young man was receiving tag information, etc., from a number of people, and spoke to the police on our phone. It appears, he "cut off" the car of young men, and it enraged them. They followed him to the parking lot, blocked him with their vehicle, and what we saw was the culmination of his perceived traffic slight, against them.
Point of the story: It's getting worse in our neighborhood. Now its up close and personal, and I"m curious how we're going to handle it. I will repeat, nothing the crowd was doing (horns, calling the police, taking tag numbers down, etc.) affected the situation. They JUST DIDN'T CARE and it was the height of afternoon traffic, and broad daylight. No longer is it "the other side of I-55", and I guess the question is, who will be next -- someone's teenage son, a mother….a daughter????
JPD sources told JJ that a couple of 911 calls were made. However, the victim and suspects were not present when police arrived. The alleged victim has not contacted the police to file a complaint.