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Residents And Police Work To Make Neighborhoods Safe After Shooting
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on July 30, 2013 @ 12:02AM
Created on July 29, 2013 @ 11:19PM

People in Clarksburg have been on edge since last week's tragic shooting on July 26, which killed four people including two innocent bystanders. On Monday night, people made their way to the United Methodist Temple on Locust Avenue to join in on the Neighborhood Watch meeting.

It was obvious that people are angry, heartbroken and scared over the fatal shooting, which police say they think was caused by an argument over drugs.

"How can I not be afraid when four people were just shot within 200 yards of my home," said Clarksburg resident, Lisa Alastanos.

Concerned residents voiced their thoughts and feelings to city officials about the drug related shooting on Locust Avenue, where Freddy and Fred Swiger were killed.

"We were all in an outrage because we thought does something like this really have to happen for anything to get done," said Neighborhood Watch member, Mary McCoy.

Alastanos said, "I'm somewhere between frightened, very saddened and pretty darn angry too."

More than 50 people attended the meeting, up from the average attendance of 10 people according to watch organizers.

Law enforcement officials took questions and told people they're working to clean up the city.

Clarksburg Police Deputy Chief James Chamberlain said, "With the extra patrols we've put in the areas and neighborhoods, I think it'll be a deterrent for anybody that is out there to break the law. They'll see us in neighborhoods and they'll know to think twice before acting."

People gave ideas to both law enforcement and city officials about what they'd like to see done, including the installation of security cameras and stricter code enforcement.

Chamberlain said a collaborative effort will be needed in order for things to change. "The problem that we have is not a problem that an individual entity can handle on it's own. It has to be a group effort."

"We all need to stand up as citizens. We need to cooperate with the police and we need to let our emotions funnel into passion about what needs to be done, but not over take us," said Alastanos.


 

 


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