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Valdosta community searches for answers to stop violence

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Many people in Valdosta say they're terrified and worried about their safety after a mass shooting this week.

One person was killed and ten were wounded in a shoot-out Sunday at Hudson Dockett apartments.

Now, many people in the community from politicians to preachers to parents are coming together to find ways to stop the violence. 

One mother witnessed the shooting first hand and says she helped a boy who was shot.

"He scared me because I didn't know if he was going to die in my living room," said Sheniqua Glover, Hudson Dockett resident.  

She says she tied a blanket around his leg to stop it from bleeding. She's never seen anything like this happen in her neighborhood.

"My first day coming back home was yesterday and last night I was a little terrified and I had one of my friends come out and stay with me," said Glover.

Glover is already thinking about how to protect her and her child if it happens again.

"We going to get down on the floor because of the windows," continued Glover. "It was so close to my kitchen."

Joshua Hart has lived here for five years.

"It scares my mother," said Joshua Hart, Hudson Dockett resident. "I have two little sisters and brothers. I don't want them to get hurt or injured in any kind of way."

At a forum he organized, Bishop McCrae said we need to teach our youth to be leaders and not followers.

On Friday, the key words among clergy and community leaders were togetherness, youth, and respect. City Council last night approved a request to create a community task force on violence.

Mayor John Fretti says the new task force will give people a venue to tell leaders what's wrong.

"We'll have sub-committees of pastoral and educational and youth," said Mayor Fretti. "We have to listen to our youth."

Law enforcement also discussed reaching out to youth.

The Mildred Hunter Community Center has a mentoring program for kids.

Former gang members will speak at another community forum on Sunday at 7 p.m. at New Serenity Christian Church in Valdosta at 1619 N. Lee Street.


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