TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT)-In West Alabama, the NAACP is partnering with local law enforcement agencies calling on the community to help them take a stand against gun violence.
Tuscaloosa NAACP leader Jerry Carter says gun violence hits close to home for him.
“My self and my family have a personal story to tell, I lost my son to gun violence ten years ago. So I have a personal story to tell. And I keep hearing these stories over and over and over,” Carter said.
Monday morning Carter joined Tuscaloosa Police chief Steve Anderson, Chief Gerald Burton from Northport police, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy, District Attorney Hays Webb and Alabama Carry president Eddie Fulmer. The group held a press conference to address the many recent shootings.
Chief Anderson says enough is enough and its time to do something about the problems.
“From April 30th through June tenth we had seventeen individuals that were shot. Six of those individuals were juveniles and two of those shootings resulted in homicides, And its uncalled for” Anderson said.
Anita Caddell-Curry says she is glad law enforcement is coming together to take a stand against gun violence. Her daughter Keisha was shot to death last February at her home. The victim’s ex-boyfriend 38-year-old Korrie Robinson was arrested and charged with murder.
“I think they should do something because it has really gotten out of control. People don’t realize the hurt and pain that they put their families through. Tragedy is really senseless” Curry said.
Chief Anderson says Tuscaloosa Police put together a unit of officers who have been patrolling neighborhoods where the shootings have been taking place. Anderson says it’s going to take an effort from the community including parents to stop the violence.
“If you care anything about those young people and you don’t want to see them seriously injured or in jail or dead. You need to sit down and talk to those individuals and you need to explain to them that this has got to stop”.
So far this year there have been seven homicides in Tuscaloosa in 2019. Seven murders in the city of Tuscaloosa and two in the county.