Sunday Night Shooting Leaves Apartment City Residents Shaken

October 18, 2004 – Posted at 4:15 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Sunday night's Jonesboro shooting left many folks shaken in the area known as "Apartment City," only blocks from the ASU campus. Residents say the neighborhood isn't what it used to be.

"I was surprised and I was in the house watching a movie and I heard a gun sound like it was at my house. So I looked out the window and seen a lot of police over there," said Sherrod Woodall.

Woodall lives in an area known as Apartment City, just across the street from a crime scene. Hearing gunfire was startling enough, but he says he was more shocked about where it happened.

"I surprised it happened in Jonesboro, if you ask me," said Woodall.

Residents in apartment city are mixed on how they see the neighborhood.

"In the past they had said that this area was kind of a high crime area, but we haven't had any problems here," said ASU student Adam Savage.

Savage lives in the Breckenridge Apartments and says he's not worried.

"I feel safe in here, really I do," said Savage.

But at Fox Hollow, just blocks away from the shooting, it's a different story.

"I wouldn't say it's safe, but I wouldn't say it's 100% bad," said Tamika Jones, "I want to move, but for now, it's ok."

Folks living at Apartment City say some places are better than others, but they also agree that coming together could be the best thing to happen to north Jonesboro.

"I just hope that people just get together and come to their senses and make Jonesboro a better place to live," said Betty Anderson, a Fox Hollow Resident.

"There are some nice apartments and things like that over here, it's just sometimes we get some bad people who move into areas like this and they make it look bad for everyone else, but if everyone could come together and work together, maybe we could have a nice neighborhood," said Jones.

Apartment City is a neighborhood Jonesboro police know quiet well. The street where Sunday night's shooting occurred, Cedar Heights, has had more than 100 police reports filed since January.