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As shootings continue, police emphasize community help

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Despite a call by area clergy for a cease fire, police responded to yet another shooting in Wilmington yesterday. Police say bullets hit three apartments in Creekwood and one car.

Folks in another neighborhood that’s been plagued by gun violence say kids need more to do so they will stay out of trouble.

Residents of Wilmington’s Hillcrest community say after a rash of recent shootings, something has to change.

“Give the kids something to do,” Hillcrest resident Bernadette White says. “More recreation. Maybe jobs? Maybe a job will help.”

White thinks kids need more activities to get them off the streets.

“We do go a lot of little kids coming up and a lot of kids getting killed for nothing,” she said. “Give the young kids something to do, off the streets, something to do, but for some people that’s how they live.”

Paul Drakeford said he grew up with constant fighting. But he hopes someone somehow can put an end to it soon.

“I wish they would find some way that they could live together instead of having to fight all the time,” he said.

Wilmington Police urge people living in these troubled communities to speak up and help them find who is responsible for the gunfire. That’s something easier said than done for many residents, who fear for their lives.

“Calling the police? I don’t think I can get involved like that, because you’ve got so many gangs,” White said. “You never know who will come to your house and hurt you.”

Police say concerned citizens can text a tip anonymously and stress that they cannot trace it back to the tipster.

“We are really pleading with the community,” WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said. “This is your opportunity to stop the violence.”

Police emphasize the importance of the community coming together to solve this problem. If you see something, police ask you to say something.

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