Community activists step up efforts for peace amid string of recent shootings
At least 10 people were injured during shootings Thursday and Friday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Chris Waldmann)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The push to bring peace to our streets is stepping up in the wake of this rash of violence.
Reverend Pete Mingo, a minister who also works with the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission outreach team which tries to stop trouble before it starts. However, Mingo says there are no easy answers to this rash of shootings.
At least 10 people were injured during shootings Thursday and Friday.
“Things like this you can't predict. You can't even prevent it really if someone has made up their mind that they're going to do this or do that,” Mingo said.
Reverend Mingo stood by the grave site of Terrance James Womak, who was known as TJ. Saturday would have been TJ's 19th birthday. He was gunned down back in 2013 and his killer has never been caught.
On Thursday afternoon, four people were shot in Westwood in what police are calling a targeted shooting. The suspect remains at large.
A double-shooting in East Walnut Hills Friday night left a man and a woman injured and the gunman is still on the loose.
Police have identified that gunman as Tajuan Zanders. He is a 20 year-old black male with braided hair and tattoos on his neck and back. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Meanwhile police are also looking for two suspects in connection with a early Saturday morning shooting in Avondale. Three people were shot outside of the VIP lounge on Reading Road.
Despite the rash of shootings, Reverend Mingo says there is hope that the violence will end.
‘We can't give up, have to keep on praying, have to keep on working, have to keep on coming out and meeting together. We have to keep on talking, telling people there is another way. We have to be able to point out the consequences,” Mingo said.
The motives behind the recent shootings are varied, but Reverend Mingo says frustration can often lead to violence.
“A lot of people feel they're at a dead end and so they're mad at each other, they're mad at the system and when things begin to boil over the first person available is going to feel the consequences,” Mingo said.