Shasha Pio was in her home just a block away from the Mountain View Community Center when the calls from family and friends started coming in.
Where are your children? Are they at the Boys & Girls Club?
Pio rushed across the street to find the community center had been placed on lockdown following gunfire in the street outside around 3:30 p.m. Police swarmed through the surrounding neighborhood, looking for the shooter, and one person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Two of Pio’s own children were in the community center when the shots were fired; she said she brought them home as soon as she heard the news. While police cars surrounded the club and idled at intersections along Taylor Street and Peterkin, a crowd of onlookers gathered outside New Hope Baptist Church, waiting for the church’s weekly food pantry and watching the scene unfold outside the community center.
At 4 p.m., more than half an hour after the shots were fire, police continued to cruise through the neighborhood. The line outside the food pantry continued to grow, children played in Lyons Park and the community center remained on lockdown.
Pio, who grew up in Mountain View, said she felt relieved. She kept hearing about school shootings on the news — they seemed to happen so often, she said.
“I’m just glad it wasn’t that,” Pio said.