Bodega owners ask for help in preventing future gang attacks

November 12, 2018 - 10:44 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Bodega owners have an association, and that association is asking the NYPD for help in preventing gang attacks in their stores -- like the one that resulted in the death of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz.

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"We need to use the same technology that NYPD uses when a cop's in danger or at risk of being shot," United Bodega Owners, spokesman Fernando Mateo said.

Mateo said he's talking about a panic button under the counter that will alert the nearest patrol car, and cameras that transmit real time videos to the nearest precinct house. They also want tasers and pistol permits for those who qualify.

“NYPD needs to teach us how to prevent gang attacks. Junior’s murder  should have taught us to be better prepared in order to prevent tragedies like his from ever happen again. Lets become proactive and learn from past history," Mateo said.

First, he said they want aggressive training from the NYPD on how to save a life without getting killed in the process.