Community reacts to shooting in central Columbus

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The fear of a possible murder suspect in her neighborhood is what prompted Monica Leslie, a resident of the Cherokee Avenue and Wildwood Area to come up with a faster way to alert neighbors about emergencies.

"We need to be vigilant, we need to look out for one another, but we can't live in fear," Leslie said. Her goal is to set up text alerts that can immediately be sent to residents when an incident like Tuesday afternoon's shooting occurs.

Across Lake Bottom Park, residents in the East Highland area are also voicing their concerns.

East Highland has an active neighborhood watch, but President James Smith says it takes everyone, working together."It's not a black thing, it's not a white thing it's a neighborhood we've all got to come together," Smith Said.

That is exactly what the residents in East Highland are doing. A town hall meeting is planned or Thursday night at Hannan Elementary school to talk about recent shootings and what's being done to keep communities safe. 

Meantime, Smith says members of the East highland community will remain vigilant in their fight to keep crime out.  "You come into East Highland and you want to commit crimes, if you are staying here very long somebody is going to see you, you're going to get caught you will end up in jail," smith said.

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