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Neighbors: Things must change after Creighton Court double shooting

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Kids in Richmond's Creighton Court were riding their bikes and residents were hanging out with family and friends on the Fourth of July, a day after neighbors suffered through a double shooting.

"You shoot two people down and then you run off -- and you're still out there somewhere. Probably out here somewhere,” Creighton Court Tenant Council President Marilyn Olds told CBS 6 News reporter Sandra Jones.

Police said a man and woman were rushed to the hospital after being shot. Neighbors said that the female victim was not the intended target, but an innocent bystander on her way to meet her children.

“You breathe your environment," Olds said. "And if they see this all their life it will be the norm. It will be the norm. This is what we do."

Olds, who is  a mainstay in the East End community, said if neighbors have a problem, they come to her.

Olds said the norm for many people living here in Creighton court is to see some thing and say nothing. But she says that needs to change in order for the violence to stop.

"The residents have to take the responsibility about what happened on our property. This is where we live,” she said.

Olds and other tenant council presidents are working with police to form neighborhood watch groups in the city's public housing complexes to fight crime.

"If the mothers feel threatened by whoever, they might talk too. It's anonymous phone calls... where you can get information to people or whatever,” said Olds. “And it's not snitching. It's saving your life -- and your home.”

Olds told CBS 6 that the group will meet at Richmond’s Police Academy on Tuesday to take part in a number of workshops and training. Then, they will inform residents on how they can get involved in their Neighborhood Watch.

Police said the victims in Thursday’s shooting are still recovering in the hospital.

Detectives, who are still searching for the gunman, said their investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

If you have information that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.




  • Robbie

    These are the same residents whose motto is “see something, say nothing”. Until the media reports the truth, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan stop blaming everything on white people and everyone else admits there is a problem in every African American community then nothing will be done to “change”.

  • dave

    whats going to change?get over it or get off your arse and make something of yourselves.obama is not going to be there forever,nor is my money.I am soooo sick of hearing this same story daily.just move,just not by me,ok

  • John

    These types of crimes occurred less often when the ROC church had a strong presence in the neighborhood. The church volunteers ran buses to the neighborhood and took the children to the church to play organized sports, learn how to play musical instruments, dance and sing. The ROC also had community outreach to help residents with daycare, food, and emotional well being. As well as they would go into the neighborhood and have a big cookout with tons of volunteers. They would fix bikes, help with clothes, shoes, food, school supplies, and other necessities.
    We need another Non-Profit volunteer organization to start this unconditional help and community support again.

    • Morning Dew

      The support of which you speak is great and necessary; however, as Marilyn Olds states, it is time the people started protecting themselves by not turning their head. She is calling for change of the foundation of the neighborhood. She is asking people to take some personal responsibility for their safety. This isn’t another “same ol’, same ol’ ” story. This woman is asking for change from within.

      • John

        I have known people that grew up in downtrodden neighborhoods. There are plenty of good people that live in these areas. One of the descriptions I have heard from people that got out of the area was, “Crabs in a bucket”. If a person were to set on a path to be successful, then the others in the neighborhood would pressure them to get back in line and be one of us. It is easy for a lot of us to say we wouldn’t allow that to happen to us. Yet, many of us have stopped moving forward when we hit a comfort zone in our lives and/or we stop our careers to help out family and loved ones. It is just that our family and loved ones are a couple economic levels above the poverty zone.
        These people are human beings. Their economic situation and violent neighborhood shouldn’t be a reason to ignore them. We didn’t ignore Wall Street when the “Too Big To Fail” billionaires were broke. We didn’t ignore General Motors when they were facing bankruptcy. We gave them billions of dollars. Why is it okay to bail out millionaires and billionaires that live in NY or Detroit that were irresponsible, and not give a helping hand to human beings in our own backyard?

      • BO

        Nobody wanted to bail out wall st.,want illegals here or want to be in the middle east,who is this we you speak of?

  • BO

    How many are aware Creighton court is a dope hole with everything to offer and even black people shun it?nothing has changed in 40 years there.If you are’nt a dealer or junkie MOVE!

  • Grover

    Robbie, manalishi/Clayton, BO, …….not a collection of the best and brightest opine devotees. They serve to show the world a sample of the lower class intellect of Richmond. These “low lifes” existence are meaningless.

  • Glen Allen

    I don’t think telling the police what you know is as easy as it sounds. My guess would be that the overwhelming majority of the residents would love to tell what they see, but they apparently have reason to believe that in doing so, is like signing their own death warrant. The police need to gain the trust of the residents.

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