Bob forgot to hold the Mayo

You’ve probably heard the story of the drive-by shooting that happened a few nights ago on the NorthSideShore.  The shooter fired bunches of shots and narrowly missed shooting a baby that was strapped in the back of the victim’s car.

The mother of the baby is interviewed by Bob Mayo who is very very careful not to identify the woman and basically interviews her shadow and her feet, never showing her face.

Good job, Bob of taking care of your subjects.

Then to close the story, Bob says,

“The woman says she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in this case, the wrong place happened to be right in front of her home.”

Um.  So this woman whose identity you are protecting?  Yeah.  You just gave her away to the shooter.  And in case the shooter doesn’t exactly remember where he was when he shot at her, you’ve also been sure to list the exact block on Wilson Street that it occurred.  Good job, Bob.  Good frickin’ job.

Anybody got the number for Witness Protection?

(h/t to Coolmommy123)


  1. Bob Mayo
    May 12, 2007 12:29 am

    I appreciate your concern for the crime victim who I spoke with Thursday, but I promise you I didn’t violate any understanding she and I had about doing that story. I care very much about how I treat the people I interview, and I assure you I’m not thoughtless–or worse–, as your post would suggest.

    You can read my response at


    Bob Mayo

  2. coolmommy123
    May 12, 2007 9:56 pm

    Sorry, Mr. Mayo and PittGirl, for my pointing out this story in a misunderstood way. But I have to say, as a viewer of the story, it looked like the victim wanted to preserve her anonymity, so I was confused as to why so many location details were given. Thanks for clarifying the details, and it is appreciated that you abide by the wishes of your interviewees.

  3. Bob Mayo
    May 13, 2007 4:07 pm


    As I later wrote to Pitt Girl, I can understand that a reasonable, concerned person could have mistakenly taken it that way.

    I just wanted to let you know it wasn’t the way it struck you on first viewing.

    If you had that impression, others may have too–so, thanks for calling it to my attention.