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Street Buzz: Is Pensacola Gang War about to go to another level of violence?

January 29, 2013

On Martin Luther King Day, a white man pulls into the county park behind the Marie Young Community Center in the Wedgewood and Pinestead neighborhoods in north Pensacola—west of Car City. He has a trunk full of assault rifles. Within minutes people lined up to pay $300-$500 per gun. He was out the area in less than an hour.

The neighborhood gang war is still raging. Almost all of the hits are tied to drugs. Family members are now included in the war zone.

My resources tell me that the latest crime that is tied to the feud between rival gangs is the possible kidnapping of Michael J. Lawson.

On Thursday Jan. 24, Lawson’s car was found empty with the engine running in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet, 15 E. Brent Ln. Lawson has not been heard from since then.

News of the illegal gun sale is spreading through the African-American community. People are scared.

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  • beachcomber648 February 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I’m sure this is just reporting what someone else has said, and that’s fine, but I find this hard to believe. Ar15’s are bringing on the upside of $1900 at all legitimate dealers (with many sold out)… illegal gun would most definitely bring at least $2500…Most criminals are dumb….just not that dumb.

  • EPenn January 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Same Ole, its not just spending the money thats important, but its hiring your GOB friends thats important… I’m sure we will get a lion’s share of much of the money but end up with far less than many counties that receive very little.

    Back to the story, if you’re wondering if the proposed gun laws would have stopped this tranaction… doubt it! If this guy was selling them for $300-$500 in the current market I would have to think they are inoperable or stolen…

  • Same ole January 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    The priorities of this county are so horribly backwards. Everyone scrambling to spend Restore money on the next building or road. How about funding programs for at- risk children and job skills programs to prep for aerospace jobs? Mississippi already has its Restore strategic plan completed with priorities clearly identified. Where is ours?

  • Moose January 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This is so unbelievable it’s…..unbelievable.

  • are you kidding me January 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Enjoy the irony here. The newest county white elephant constructed with LOST funds is now serving as a site to conduct illegal weapons sales. Note to county staff – please charge rent for the use of the space next time….