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Mother wounded in gang shooting to be evicted from apartment [Updated]

February 10, 2010 |  7:04 pm

A single mother wounded during a July 10 drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles is due to be evicted Thursday.

Rashaun Williams, 29, was a home health aide and crossing guard, but she has been out of work since she was shot in both legs, an innocent bystander caught in gang crossfire on Imperial Highway.

Williams has been surviving on $328 in monthly CalWorks welfare payments, but she said she can no longer afford the two-bedroom apartment in Lancaster that she shares with her 6-year-old daughter, Ky'mariy Redd.

Williams said Ky'mariy’s father had been helping with the bills until he was hospitalized last month with a heart attack. She said her only option now is to move in with relatives, probably her mother, who lives in a section of Torrance where Williams said gang violence has surged recently.

“In my condition, that’s the last place I would want to be,” she said, but “I really have no options.”

Williams said her application for federal disability assistance was denied. A doctor recently told her that she may needed additional surgeries on her right leg. She is on Medi-Cal and has been on a waiting list for rehabilitation since the shooting.

The attack “changed my life. It just changed everything completely,” she said. “I haven’t been able to provide for my daughter like I want to.”

[Updated, 9:45 p.m.: Community activists Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Eddie Jones announced late Wednesday evening that they plan to hold a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Lucy Florence Cultural Center, 3351 W. 43rd St., Los Angeles, to demand that state officials approve Williams' application for disability assistance. In a statement, they called the denial "shameful and unconscionable."]

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske