SOUNDVIEW - Tenants of the James Monroe Houses in Soundview are fighting back against poor conditions and high crime throughout the housing complex. One resident, Carol Williams, says her son was walking nearby when he was struck by a stray bullet. She says he is expected to recover, but safety needs to improve. "I wish that we really could come together as a community and stop the violence," Williams says. Walls are also torn apart in several apartments, elevators are rusting and cracked windows have yet to be replaced.

Tenants say they hope the New York City Housing Authority will install surveillance cameras and that the city will provide increased patrols in the area.