Gang Violence Fears on Rise in Corona After Drive-By Shooting

Tony Shin (NBCLA) | Jun 7, 2013

The death of a 22-year-old woman in a Corona neighborhood Thursday is now raising fears among residents about gang violence.

Nanette Serrano was checking her mailbox outside her home in the 700 block of Joy Street when she was killed during a drive by-shooting, according to Corona Police Department investigators.

The Riverside County Gang Task Force arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the shooting, but officials have not said if the crime was gang related.

Nonetheless, the shooting is raising fears that gang problems could be creeping into the family neighborhood in the Joy Street area.

“It’s a nice quiet neighborhood. There’s a church up the street; there’s a park up the street. I mean, it’s beautiful,” resident Maria Campos said.

Another woman, the mother of two daughters, said the shooting left a stray bullet lodged into a kitchen cabinet. A 16-month-old girl lives in that unit but was not struck.

Campos said she moved from Ontario to escape gang violence and never thought it could happen near her new home.

“Having a gang fight here, it’s like, ‘OK, who’s the gang members around here? I don’t ever see them,’” Campos said.

Just a few miles east, in the community of Home Gardens, gang members are much easier to spot, according to residents.

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