Wilmington residents cry for help in the wake of recent gun violence[video]

 (John Jankowski/Newsworks)

(John Jankowski/Newsworks)

A weekend shooting in Wilmington has become a focal point in the call for an end to gun violence in the city.

The recent wave of gun violence including nearly a dozen shootings in the City of Wilmington this year has prompted some people within the community to sound off against city leaders.

“Who’s in charge, who’s running the City of Wilmington,”shouted an emotional woman at Tuesday’s Virgil held for 18 year-old William Rollins who was shot to death on Saturday.

 The shooting death of Rollins was one of several incidents where gun-fire first erupted in the city on Friday.  There were two triple shootings on the  200 Block of Broom St. alone.

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Rollins first cousin shared what he thought is the cause of the violence. “People getting involved in the wrong stuff at the wrong time. People just don’t care and do whatever they want. Obviously people life get taken,” said Daekwon Rollins.

Earlier this week, Mayor Dennis Williams announced “Operation Disrupt” a new initiative that immediately assigned more officers on the streets to tackle crime and build community relationships. Williams said both law enforcement and residents will need to work together.

“The violence in the city has to stop. It’s just not a police problem, it’s a community problem,” Williams expressed on Monday.

Wilmington Peacekeepers, a voluntary group that traffic high crime areas to promote peace continues to pray for the violence to end.

“Father God, we ask you to protect everyone. Don’t let this happen again. We ask you in the name of Jesus, don’t let this happen again,” said Peacekeeper Matthew Allen.

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