Community reacts to Thursday night shooting
A child who was seriously wounded in a quadruple shooting Thursday night remained hospitalized Friday in critical condition, police said.
The shooting at Gregory Boulevard and Prospect Avenue left one man dead and two other adults in critical condition.
Just before 8 p.m. Thursday, police said, two vehicles pulled into the parking lot of a Church’s Fried Chicken. One vehicle was occupied by a solo driver; inside the other were a man, a woman and two children.
The driver of the first vehicle got into the second vehicle, and the adults began to argue. It escalated to gunshots inside the vehicle.
The driver from the first vehicle died at the scene, police said. The child who was wounded sustained life-threatening injuries; the other child was not hit.
Investigators said they have not determined who fired the first shot, how many people were shooting or how they knew one another.
A restaurant manager said police were given surveillance video that may have captured the shooting.
The intersection at Prospect and Gregory is a high crime area with frequent drug sales and other illegal activity, police said.
The Fellowship Baptist Church, across the street from the shooting, has been a mainstay in the neighborhood since 1971. The congregation is committed to the area and has sought to have a positive impact in the surrounding community, said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Marvin Tigner.
“We need to engage the community right here where it is because that’s what is important,” Tigner said. “We have to minister right where we are. We have needs right here in our local community that need to be addressed.”
The impoverished neighborhood is plagued with homelessness and vagrancy. Recently, the congregation sponsored a back-to-school fair and gave school supplies to neighborhood children.
Tigner said he had left the church about 30 minutes before the shooting occurred Thursday night. He made sure that none of his parishioners had been harmed.
He said he would address the shootings, as well as others that victimized children, during church service on Sunday. Americans have become desensitized to violence, Tigner said.
“We hear about so much violence that if it is not right at our door, we say, ‘Oh, there goes another one,’ ” he said.