Rev.: Shootings demand change of values
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INDIANAPOLIS - A community leader is sounding the alarm after three shootings Wednesday night left two people injured and one man dead.
Rev. Charles Harrison, with the Ten Point Coalition, says the code of "street justice" must end.
"We're trying to educate our community that it's not the way to handle it," Harrison said. "We shouldn't handle it by creating more violence."
The Ten Point Coalition is a group of faith-based organizations that seeks to address violence in Indianapolis communities. Ten Point volunteers go into neighborhoods on weekend to perform "Faith Patrols," hoping to reduce violence.
After the spree of shootings Wednesday night, which left 55-year-old Jerome Gray dead, Harrison is calling on families to help stop the cycle of violence.
Harrison said families need to get involved, and if they know information about a case, or potential for violence, they need to tell police.
That runs counter to today's street code of "don't snitch," Harrison said.
"Today it is a street code they have out there that they don't snitch and what they do is handle these problems themselves," Harrison said. "That's why we see street justice that ends up in more violence and more homicides."
Harrison said he's optimistic that the core values of some of these communities can change. But, he said, it won't be a quick fix.
"It's not going to happen overnight," he said. "It's going to take years to address this. But, we need to start addressing it now."
Authorities are still searching for suspects in all three Wednesday night shootings. If you have any information, police urge you to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.
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