This is a multimedia project about the cycle of psychological trauma in gangs and its effect on a community. High-crime neighborhoods have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rates as high as veterans returning home from combat according to mental health experts. I spent 7 months documenting the lives of the Landon family, whose son was killed in a shootout, and Jason Davis, the gang leader of the Bloods in Harlem (watch video below). Their journeys reveled trauma, despair and a blanket of darkness that continues to cripple them, their families and their community.

Ricocheting Bullets was awarded highest honors at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


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Introduction: The Pain Behind The Door

Two police officers in navy blue uniforms were banging on the door. Her heart raced.
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Chapter 1: Psychological Injury

PTSD has one direct cause: violence.


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Chapter 2: Sickooo

J found what tools he could, quarters, wire hangers, razors and cigarettes to slash and burn his body like a canvas.
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Chapter 3: Joe

“Maybe this is God trying to say I should come home.”
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Videos

Video of Jason Davis, Joesph Landon and more
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Chapter 4: Child Soldiers

Driven by grief, he’s turned to a group of friends he and Travis hung out with to find his friend's killer.
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Chapter 5: Moral Injury

”My brother’s [killing] is part of the street code. Regardless of what you know, you don't snitch anybody out else you could be next.”
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Chapter 6: Breaking the Silence

“People are walking around like zombies because they think that’s the way life should be,” he says.
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Epilogue

“I just want to look at my son’s killer in the eyes and ask, “What did my son ever do wrong to you?””
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