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Residents say cease-fire made a difference

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday marks the 90th day since Wilmington Police and local clergy called for a cease fire between Wilmington gangs. Throughout the cease fire shootings have continued, but many who live in neighborhoods once riddled by gang violence say they believe peace is on the horizon.

“I can’t speak for anywhere else other than here but it’s been very quiet as of late,” said Hampton Colclough.

In June a shooting on 6th and Kidder began a summer of violence in the Port City.

Soon after leaders decided to put boots on the ground to end an ongoing war between rival factions of Bloods, but the bullets continued to fly.

“Anytime you go in to eradicate a problem that’s out of control it’s not a light switch that you just turn off and turn on,” said Rev. James Jamison. “It takes a few minutes.”

After a number of arrests were made by WPD neighbors say things calmed down.

“Law enforcement did a good job of eradicating the problem and left a void,” said Jamison. “When they left that void a new element of criminal element pops up and that’s what you’re seeing is that attempt to fill it.”

Though shootings continue today many say the cease fire was ultimately successful.

“There’s a lot of gang members starting to defect and starting to rat on each other because they’re getting tired of the gang life,” said Colclough. “Some of these teenagers or young men are realizing that the gangs aren’t their family anymore.”

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