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Americus Police believe shootings are gang-related

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 9:23 AM EDT
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AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - Americus Police said they are noticing a dramatic increase of cars and houses being shot at. Americus Police Chief Mark Scott believes people are retaliating to what’s said on social media. He said this is a new phenomenon that he’s trying to stop immediately.

Scott said many times people know about some of these issues, but they won’t say anything until after shootings. He wants people to realize this is not normal or something to scoff at.

Chief Mark Scott said people are retaliating, based on things happening on social media.
He...
Chief Mark Scott said people are retaliating, based on things happening on social media. He said this is a phenomenon that he's trying to stop immediately.(WALB)

Bessie May Circle had the most shootings in Americus. A victim who wants to stay anonymous said his house was shot up, and his home is in the middle of a gang war. He also says this past Monday was not the first time his home was shot at.

Pastor Courtney Moore said he was raised in this and he believes there’s built-up anger in the community, and younger people aren’t thinking about the consequences that come with shootings.

Pastor Courtney Moore was raised in this area and he said he believes there's built up anger in...
Pastor Courtney Moore was raised in this area and he said he believes there's built up anger in the community.(WALB)

“They have lost a sense of valuing life and who they are, and knowing that your life can be better, and something better can come out of going into neighborhoods shooting up another side of town, or shooting up another gang that does not represent your gang,” said Moore.

Bessie Mays Circle had the most recent shooting in Americus
Bessie Mays Circle had the most recent shooting in Americus(WALB)

Moore said he plans on sponsoring a stop the violence event in Americus next month.

Americus Police are trying to combat these shootings by creating a community-based program to teach younger people how to resolve conflicts.

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