“They got to get rid of these guns,” Lisa Cousins said. “I mean, clean up the community.”
According to police, the violence started when a reputed member of one gang fired several shots Monday night, striking three cars.
The next night, a retaliatory gunshot from another gang struck Cousins.
Cousins said during his sophomore season that he wanted to get away from home for college, but he was also drawn to Norman because of the presence of assistant coach Lew Hill, a Mount Vernon native who used basketball to get out of that environment.
“He helps me and he understands what it’s like growing up and playing for Mount Vernon,” Cousins said near the end of the season. “Oklahoma was nothing compared to New York and Mount Vernon.”
The biggest adjustment, Cousins said, to living in Oklahoma has been the difference in transportation.
“Everything is far away here and you can’t really walk somewhere or there’s not bus transportation, no trains.”
His mother told the newspaper that Isaiah looked forward to returning to Norman.
Isaiah told The Journal News was uncomfortable talking about the incident but wasn’t in pain.
“I’m good,” he said.