LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors in Shawnee surrounded a vacant home in a crime-stricken neighborhood on Friday demanding for the city to listen.
The home sits on the corner of Larken and Cecil Avenues. Neighbors say the house is a "headquarters for gang activity."
Louisville's crime maps reveal 12 incidents reports filed by police, within 500 feet of the house, in the last six months. Those reports include burglary, assault, car theft and vandalism.
Thursday afternoon, neighbors planned to demand the house be torn down by the city, but now they've come up with a different idea.
"It's a gang headquarters," West Louisville Urban Coalition's President Neal Robinson said. "This is their headquarters, this is where they come do their meetings."
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As promised, neighbors surrounded the run-down house Friday afternoon.
"They found two guns here, a couple of purses they had snatched and some stolen lawn equipment," Robinson said.
Day care owner Lanita Gant lives down the street from the vacant house and passes it on her drive into work each morning. This week, trouble lingered right outside of her business.
"My van was vandalized Wednesday night by a kid in the neighborhood," Gant said.
A teenager threw his body into the van, leaving dents, according to Gant.
When she walks down the street and looks at the house, and others like it, she understands the problem.
"You look at this house here and it's like nobody cares," Gant said. "I think this house here is a reflection of how the kids see themselves."