“The situation at Smale Park last night is unacceptable. Two teenagers opened fire on each other in the middle of a densely-populated area of our city where our families regularly gather. Caught in the cross-fire were 3 innocent victims.
At some point, society needs to discuss the true issues at the root of this behavior. People may foolishly blame the weapon – but the fact of the matter is, for too long now, society has excused bad behavior perpetrated by bad people.
No more excuses. People must be held accountable for their choices. As a community, we must stand together and say “enough is enough.”
No amount of money can fix the problems we are facing. Parents must parent their children. Communities must speak up. Criminal behavior can no longer be tolerated and ignored. Until we insist on personal accountability, criminals will feel emboldened and the madness will continue.”