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Safety concerns mount following repeat shooting in NE Roanoke

A number of area residents are beginning to express concern about the safety of NE Roanoke, especially following Tuesday night's shooting that left 19-year-old Jacob Aldridge in critical care.


April Fitzwater says her son is friends with most of the people who were at the crime scene. She says many of the teens call her 'mom.'

Although her son left almost a half hour before shots rang out, she says her heart aches for those not so lucky.

"I'm glad that my son was not here, but I just wish none of the kids would've been there when it happened," she said.

She is not alone in drawing comparisons to last Thanksgiving's shooting, which happened in the same area.

"On Thanksgiving it really shocked me, but to hear it happen again - after I picked my son up at 9:27 last night, less than thirty minutes after I picked him up - with the same boys, it just breaks my heart," she said.

A quick look at Roanoke's interactive crime map shows that there are plenty of problems in the neighborhood.

It's a trend the president of the Wildwood Civic League wants to take on.

"Whatever streets the police department has problems with, that's our first priority to get straightened out...and the new City Manager is going to be coming over and taking a tour soon with Mayor Lea. And Mayor Lea is very enthusiastic about what we hope to do," he said.

Chris Craft says - involving the city is the best way to work toward safety, something he thinks should be a given for everyone living in the area.

"That's very important to work with our police. We support our police department 100%. If you can't work with the police department in your city, then your neighborhood isn't going to be a safe neighborhood," he said.

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