City leaders react to recent violence in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In the aftermath of three separate shooting this weekend, Kalamazoo city leaders are reacting to the ongoing summer violence.
The most recent shooting happened overnight at a home on the corner of Jackson and Mills.
Police say a 21-year-old fired dozens of rounds into the house, while two young boys watched from the window inside.
Since Memorial Day weekend there've been nearly 20 shootings in the city of Kalamazoo.
Three of them were homicides. Recently, 30-year-old Orlando Walker.
Walker was a witness to a northside street fight and murdered over the 4th of July weekend.
13-year-old Michael Day was killed Memorial Day as he was riding his bike on Race and Reed.
Just this weekend, half a dozen victims were hospitalized in two other shootings.
Four people were shot at Campus Habitat Apartments on Howard Sunday morning and two 24-year-olds were injured after a shooting at Interfaith Apartments Friday night.
City leaders tell us they're heartbroken by the violence, because this is not Kalamazoo.
"We have folks mourning, we got funerals every week, we have young people with guns and knives, we have fights going viral on the internet. We can't stay silent anymore, we have to be proactive and create interventions for our young people, and we have to hold individuals accountable," said Kalamazoo City Commissioner Stephanie Moore.
"I'm not sure what changed, what's going on through individual's minds that they decide to have a small grievance, a small grievance and they reach in their pocket to find a gun. Carrying a gun to solve a small grievance, that's ridiculous, that's insane, and it has to stop," said Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.
Mayor Hopewell tells us he's reached out to several other mayors who are battling similar issues with violence in their cities, to try and come up with a solution.
Commissioner Moore says the Northside Ministerial Alliance is working to attract 100 men by the end of August to mentor youth in the city.