SAN ANTONIO -- Volunteers cleaning up a Bexar County neighborhood made a startling discovery that has residents concerned about their safety.
For months, News 4 WOAI has been telling viewers about Camelot II being a dumping ground. But the long-neglected area finally got a clean-up this weekend. A volunteer group picked up mounds of trash and cut down 15-feet high weeds, in hopes of making the neighborhood a safe and sanitary place for its residents. As if the health and sanitary problems in the alleys and streets of Camelot II weren't enough, residents are now dealing with a bag of bullets found yards from their homes.
"Kids are out here living life, and they come across a bag that might possibly take their life," said volunteer Michcheaux Braddy. "That in itself should draw some attention to this area."
Braddy says the area has been neglected for years, but they are starting to see progress. District Attorney Susan Reed just recently sent out about 30 notices to homeowners asking them to clean up the piles of trash spilling out onto their property. The Big Homie Incorporated volunteer group was inspired to come out and make a difference. Many of them grew up in Camelot.
"I've stayed out here my whole life, elementary, middle school, high school," said volunteer Adam Washington. "It's never been this bad."
Now, with the discovery of bullets, Washington can't help but wonder if the isolation and the mess of their neighborhood is attracting criminals.
"A live round of ammo that any of these kids could have picked up or any person with no common sense would have picked up these bullets to harm somebody or do something to somebody," Washington told us.
It's not known how the bullets got there or how long they have been there. The volunteer group hopes the bullets will bring more awareness that their neighborhood needs a lot more help to become a safe place to live.