Police investigate the scene of a shooting Monday on the basketball courts behind Word Tabernacle Church.
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Police investigate the scene of a shooting Monday on the basketball courts behind Word Tabernacle Church.

Police seek leads in basketball court shooting

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Travis Austin had just arrived home shortly before 6 p.m. Monday when gunfire tore through the area around his South Rocky Mount home.

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All is Not Lost

RM City Counsel, where are you? The community is tired. Yes, there is an issue with violence in our city. City on the Rise, wow. Understanding that there is a "rising" issue with violent crimes, what is your plan? Are you going to sit idly by as violence rips this city apart. No comments publically from anyone on this growing issue. No ideas to resolve. More patrols, curfews, or mandatory sentencing for gun violence nothing. I suggest the community step up. Start off by taking ownership of your own homes, then being active in the community by going to town meetings and sitting in voicing our displeasure of the current situation. If current members can't do it, they all can be replaced. Who is the Police Chief? What is he goals for what the kids affectionately call "MurdaMount" Totally unacceptable city counsel and parents of these young lost souls. Let's take a stance now and take back this city. GOD help us all.

It is not the RM City Council job to

raise other folks children. What community is tired? What is the community doing? It is not the police chief job to raise other folks children. What are you doing?

I believe.........

this is am shame

Dear Agitator

Really, no one asked council to raise anyone's kids other than their own. THIS community is tired, as you can see by the prayer vigil held at Word. I'm assuming you were there. The community has made a statement and identifying the desire for change is a good first step. It IS the police chiefs job to protect the community. That means if nothing else, protect my children from ones's that look to do them harm. I, as you should, hold them accountable to do that. Correct? I personally mentor the young men at my church to strive to be positive and productive citizens of the community. I plan to do more. It is all for not if the city leaders are not engaged in the fight. Community involvement is only one part of the solution. Let's not get caught up in "what are you doing", let's meet at the next community meeting and collaborate on a solution. I suggest we develope a youth council that works directly with community leaders and city council to help bridge the gap. Dialogue is critical.

What a lie? They have been asked

in code words over and over again. Hell I learned that the community was tired years ago when I attended meetings in Rocky Mount so it didn't just begin now. Hell no I was not at the prayer vigil at Word because I work a real job and was at work. So one prayer vigil that took place only because it happened there, and now it is all about them? Not! You are not the only one that mentors young men. How is personally mentoring the children that you do have any bearing on the most recent shootings, educate me because my ignant ... don't get it. I know you ain't telling me to not get caught up in "What are you doing?" How ignant! I will continue to ask those who criticize what others ain't doing? What are you doing because what you have mentioned has no bearing on the most recent shootings? What did you do, what kind of statement did you make since the 15 year old shooting? What did Word do? I didn't hear anything about them doing anything until the last shooting. Ok a prayer vigil? Now what? Damn hiding behind a code name and talking about "Let's meet at the next community meeting and collaborate on a solution." Now that is too ignant! You see I am already afraid of you because you could be dangerous hiding behind a code name. That is what criminals do. You say, "I suggest we develope a youth council that works directly with community leaders and city council to help bridge the gap. Dialogue is critical." Wrong answer! Going back to your 1st statement, "Really, no one asked council to raise anyone's kids other than their own." Then you end your conversation to me contradicting the above by suggesting we develop a youth council that works directly with community leaders and city council. Not! If it starts at home, funny how you left parents and children out. Damn that is where it begins. So obviously you don't want to start at the root but want the community leaders and city council to be the parent to other folk's children. I agree, "Dialogue is critical!" But it is only critical when the dialogue is with the right folks. That's the problem. So I repeat it is not the duty of the Rocky Mount City Council, community leaders and others to raise other folks children. The parents and the children must be willing to allow others to help them because if they refuse help, then other folks hands are tied. I have been advocate for children since the early 90's. I don't listen and move when dealing with folks who hide behind code names especially when they contradict themselves trying to discredit others when they only discredit themselves. When you come out of hiding behind a code name and learn the chain of command, you will continue to be ignant to the ROOT CAUSE. An ACTION PLAN can only be put in place when the ROOT CAUSE is defined. You see the only thing that is being defined now is EMOTIONS. As mad as I am about those shootings, when it comes to dealing with those facts, I don't allow my EMOTIONS to be a part of the work in progress. Big Dog! Do you hear me now? You gonna learn the day! Now Run & Tell That!

Pointless

Thank you for your pointless personal rant. It only validates my thought of that there are too many people like you feeding into the negative stereotype that is you, the angry black man. I only hope no one really takes you serious. It does make for good reading though. I thought this forum would be good for open dialogue and sharing of ideas. Not. Only a place for disgruntled idealist to make personal attacks and rants for what? Does that make you feel good about yourself? Oh yea, I learned years ago and it was from someone a lot smarter than you. Stay positive.

Correct - Hold thier feet to the fire

The BD is right we need to stnad up - when we see something wrong in our community DO something - have concern for the saftey of yourself and others! We also need to absolutley hold our leaders feet to the fire and demand a plan and action!

Stand up? Agreed but it took the 2nd

shooting to take a stand? SMDH! Absolutely hold our leader's feet to the fire and demand a plan of action. Who are the leaders? Demand a plan and action? What? Oh well!

Stand up? Agreed but it took the 2nd

shooting to take a stand? SMDH! Absolutely hold our leader's feet to the fire and demand a plan of action. Who are the leaders? Demand a plan and action? What? Oh well!

What do you want the leaders to do?

Who are the leaders? What are you doing? Nothing gets done because the blame is put in all the wrong places.

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