San Jose residents on Monday night got a chance to weigh in on a problem police say is their number one priority: gang violence.
The city held its first of four forums dealing with gangs as residents packed a room at Overfelt High School before breaking off into smaller discussion groups.
"Any time you have gang problems affecting quality of life, that affects everyone," said acting police captain Brian Ferranti.
San Jose resident Annya Artigas said her son was regularly harassed on their way to school.
"It's gang violence. They pulled a weapon on him," Artigas told the group.
Calixta Manriquez said the city needs to take more pride in its neighborhoods.
"You can see neighborhoods that are neglected because street lights are out," Manriquez said.
KTVU visited an East San Jose neighborhood where a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in gang violence last June. It happened less than a block away from local teen Alonso Quintero's house. He said the area is off limits to him.
"Because there's a lot of gangsters and my parents won't let me go over because they think I might get shot or something," Quintero explained.
His neighbors are starting to put up scary Halloween decorations, but he says the gun shots are what scare him. "I've heard them twice."
San Jose plans to hold the gang violence forums for the next three Monday nights. The results will be used to put together the Gang Task Force action plan for the next three years.
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