Police searching for suspect in home shooting, community steps up

POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- A family is still recovering after their home became the target of gunshots this morning in the 800 block of N. 16th St.

30 bullet holes just inches from where a woman sat in her home. The victim's identity is protected because of fear of more violence. However, she says it's amazing she's still alive.

"It was like a lot of firecrackers. I could hear the glass popping so I knew it was gunshots, and I could feel the fragments hitting my body," the victim told Fox 44.

She's not sure why someone would target her home but says it's no surprise with the uptick of crime in the city.

Now people in the community are saying they're not even safe in their own homes.

That's something founders of a group to help these communities, Sophia Strother and Larrye Weaver, hear often.

"Several people talk about people selling drugs outside their homes, shootings and things of that nature. But the people we've talked to in the community, all of them have this commonality of being tired of being captives in their communities," says Weaver.

The group is called Am I My Brother's Keeper Grassroots Task Force. They mentor children and hold monthly meetings with local leaders to set up programs to make their communities safer.

"We give people the courage to speak out, to say, 'Okay, enough is enough, I'm not going to take this. What can I do to help in getting safety back in my community?'" says Strother.

They say Waco is getting national attention. Martin Luther King III came to help, and they hope Jesse Jackson is next.

"We can't continue to feel it's somebody else's issue, it's somebody else's problem. We have to take it personally when someone else has been affected by this," explains Strother.

Grassroots Task Force is reaching out to Jesse Jackson. They anticipate he will be at their upcoming meeting or their meeting in July.

Their next meeting is June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Estella Maxie Community Center.


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