CHARLOTTE, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – It’s time to celebrate and learn about what’s happening in the Hidden Valley community.
“That’s what’s so beautiful about this event; it’s unity,” said Roy Pegram of Charlotte. “You have everyone here and everyone gets a piece of what they need because of this exhibiting of the community together and showing this unity.”
The national evening is held in many communities.
However, Hidden Valley has seen a spike in crime, so being able to come together is important for the people who live in the neighborhood and for law enforcement.
“The goal is to come home,” said Waldo Mack, a member of the Hidden Valley Homeowners Association. “If I can get young people to understand that no matter what happens here on the streets. The goal is to return home.”
“We know most of these people by name,” Mecklenburg County Sheriff Harry McFadden said. “They know us by name. They’ve watched me grow up in this community, so it’s important for them to come back to see their sheriff and their chief and everybody else.”
Even with this food and entertainment, helping to reduce gun violence is vital.
“How can a 15-12-year-old kid walk into a store and get a gun,” Mack said. “If I have a gun, lock it.”
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“The kids go into the house and find a loaded gun,” McFadden added. “Find the weapon in the drawer. So be responsible gun owners.”
Police hope that in the event of a crime, the connections made at National Night Out will help get criminals off the street.
“After meeting all these individuals here, they become more comfortable talking to me, and that’s the bottom line,” said Detective Ricky Smith of CMPD Crime Stoppers. “Building relationships, building partnerships.”
The community hopes the merger will reduce gun violence
Source link The community hopes the merger will reduce gun violence