It’s turning into Compton

June 11, 2009

Or Newark. Or Detroit. Or Washington, D.C. Or Philadelphia. Or any one of the most crime-ridden cities in the world.

Yes, right here in Ventura County, Oxnard qualifies more and more as a war zone that spawns act upon violent act.

News of a 13-year-old teen — a boy, in all respects — gunned down on a downtown street last night makes me wonder when we’ll ever see a turnaround in violence here.

Every time a shooting, stabbing or other assault or murder happens in Oxnard, the extreme details become worse and worse. How young must the victims get? At 13, was Joseph Jacquez any kind of a threat to someone armed with a gun?

At 13, would he even have had gang affiliations yet? (If he was even going down that commonly-treaded road in Oxnard.)

Word is that the shooting could have been random … a typical form of gang initiation. Last year, it was speculated a female motorist shot in the face while at a downtown Oxnard stoplight was the victim of such a initiative shooting.

It’s a case of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Especially in parts of Oxnard, where there’s a better chance of being gunned down than the odds are of dying in a car crash.

It still doesn’t change the fact that the likely teenage gunman won’t grow up to change his ways … and that the teenage victim won’t grow up at all.


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