The smell of sizzling hamburgers filled the air on a pleasant September evening in 1989. Neighbors and their children were socializing in Sergeant’s Square. Bill Faulk roof installed on Ash Street.
Then a car rolled in front of the Tacoma, Washington home and one of the gang members fired a shot into the air. Suspecting more bullets on the way, Fulk called him Military base for backup.
“I’m about to be attacked,” Volk recalls saying. “I need every ranger available in my house right now.”
The ensuing battle between the army guards and the men identified by the police As members of the Hilltop Crips have gone down in military history.
Crime was at an all-time high Tacoma during the late 1980s and early 1990s, which was fueled by gang violence, drive-by shootings, and drugs. Fulk, who was stationed nearby Fort LewisHe bought a convict house on Ash Street for $10,000 in 1987 and got to work to make it a home.
Before long, the gangster turned his version of the American dream into a nightmare. Residents described the Hilltop neighborhood as frantic, and feared for their lives to walk out the door, according to A.J Seattle Times condition.
“We had gang-related shootings, Crips and Blood, street shootings here,” Volk Fox 13 said. Normally you would call the police and no one would ever show up.”
Volk and his neighbors took pictures of the comings and goings of a house that was reputed to be a crack house. They also wrote down license plate numbers, infuriating the neighborhood next to the wells.
When Folk organized a cookout for the Ash Street families on September 23, 1989, harassment was not far away.
Gang members threw bottles and fruit at party-goers. They threatened to burn down the house and set a fire after dark, Volk Associated Press in 1989. At about 6:30 p.m., Falk said someone fired what he considered a “warning shot” in front of his house.
Immediately call the base for backup. Parents sent their children away and hatched a plan with approximately 15 Rangers.
At around 9:20 p.m., someone fired into Faulk’s house, and he said the Rangers returned fire.
“It was like being in a military firing range when someone says start shooting. It was like capturing prisoners, gunfire from every direction. You could hear the bullets hitting the house,” Folk recalled to Fox 13.
About 300 shots were fired, smashing windows, damaging cars, and breaking through the walls of the Volk home. but when the police arrivedThey did not find anyone injured.
Volk said several of the attackers were injured and speculated that other members of the gang may have taken them to hospital.
The police took Semi-automatic rifles, a Rangers rifle and revolver, and said they arrested two gang members on prior warrants. None of the Rangers were arrested, although the police were frustrated with the residents not calling them sooner.
“There is a fine line between self-defense and vigilance,” a police spokesperson said, according to the Associated Press.
Volk lives in the same house three decades later. He left a bullet hole in the side, a battle scar from one of the Rangers’ fiercest missions on American soil.