NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As a community mourns the shooting death of a Bronx mother, questions remain about security in the neighborhood.
As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, many who live there say it isn’t safe at night.
A police command center was parked on Boston Road in the Bronx on Tuesday, where 48-year-old Cindy Diaz was gunned down early Friday night.
People like Lisa James — who live in the neighborhood — say once the sun goes down the stretch becomes dark and dangerous.
“It’s very dim. It’s dreary. It almost looks like a war zone,” she said.
The father of Diaz’s four children is urging the city to make Boston Road off East Tremont Ave, safer.
“We can stop that gun from coming out of that guy’s pocket by having police presence, having cameras, having things lit up more,” Angel Rosario said.
On Monday, the mayor said the city would look into it.
“I don’t know that specific site, and well get you an answer if there’s other changes that we have to make there,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “If there’s any place that needs more police presence, we’re going to get it there.”
On Tuesday, CBS2 reached out multiple times to the mayor’s office, the NYPD, and the Department of Transportation to see what plans they have to improve safety in the neighborhood.
The DOT was the only agency to respond by Tuesday evening, saying they will, “inspect the immediate area for any necessary lighting adjustments.”
“Crime, drugs, everything is here. And it’s sad because this is where we live,” a resident said.
Residents said that because the neighbodhood is far from a stranger to crime, the safety improvements the city makes can’t be a temporary bandaid.
“They come up here, they set their mobiles up, and two weeks they’re out of here,” one resident observed.
Some think more police, lights, and surveillance cameras will make a difference.
“I think it would. It would because you can see who they are, and you could catch them,” Peggy Epps said.
The DOT said lighting upgrades are expected to begin in the Bronx over the summer.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward upon an arrest and indictment while the NYPD is offering $7,500 upon the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.