Organizers holding second meeting to discuss gun violence in Owensboro

Organizers hold second meeting to discuss gun violence in Owensboro

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Five people have been shot and killed in only six months in Owensboro.

One case remains unsolved.

Now several dozen people are uniting to try and stop the violence.

They met Thursday night for the second time this week. The first one was on Monday night.

And the point is, they want to see positive change in their community. It may only be in the early stages, but many would argue it is a step in the right direction.

Kids will learn in the game of basketball that players only get six fouls, a rule in place to prevent repeated aggression. So far this year, five people have been shot and killed in Owensboro.

Now community members are blowing the whistle.

“What the heck is going on,” Olga McKissic asked. “Why are we continuing to think we’re playing a video game?”

Several dozen people, law enforcement and community leaders, met in Dugan Best park to talk about the troubles young people are finding themselves in.

"Nothing my mom could ever say, my dad, it was my peers who were influencing me more than anything,” Zachary Miller from Owensboro told the crowd.

In 2017, 21-year-old Devin Fields, from Owensboro was shot and killed near Lawndale Apartments in Henderson. His sister knows the importance of intervention.

"Either you care about gun violence because it’s affected you or you don’t because I didn’t care about until I lost my brother,” Alazia Baker said. “That’s why I cared about it and it shouldn’t be like that.”

One of many conversations centered around curfews. It is currently set for 1 a.m. The Chief of Police says regardless of the time, it’s the parent who is penalized.

“If I pick up your child at 1 in the morning and you’ve decided you were going to Lexington for the weekend, we call and say 'hey your 16-year-old is out here, we’ve got them… I’ve got to have an officer set with them until we can get a responsible adult to come pick them up,” Col. Art Ealum with the Owensboro Police Department said.

So now they’re setting up a plan they hope will lead to less shooting in the streets, and more shooting on the courts.

Many of them say they plan to attended the next city council meeting.

We’re learning a peaceful demonstration is also in the works, along with a Facebook page for the group to help with outreach and community conversations.

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