Blytheville police have trouble getting community to talk

Blytheville police have trouble getting community to talk

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A deadly shooting in Blytheville has police asking for community help.

A shooting on Anderson Street Saturday night sent 12 people to the hospital.

Adline King, 19, was killed in the shooting and police are now searching for those responsible.

Police and prosecutors held a press conference to address the crime and now they need help from the community.

Prosecutors say the gun violence is out of control in Blytheville and they want more witnesses to help in the investigations.

"We need you to come forward," District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said. "Officers tell me all the time, there will be 60 to 70 people by the time they get there and they can get 1 or 2 people to give a statement."

Region 8 News spoke with people around the community Monday to find out why nobody is speaking with the police.

Healing in the Hood Director Sandy Gillespie said there are 2 reasons people do not want to talk, fear of not being protected if they talk and fear of being a snitch in the eyes of the community.

"People don't mind hurting you, so if I tell you am I going to be protected and then there is this other things where there is this false code that if I tell I am a snitch or a rat," Gillespie said.

Gillespie said he thinks the solution to this increased violence is for people to be responsible and for the community to band together.

"We have got to start loving each other, the love is gone," he said.

He asks people to start being neighbors to one another and look out for each other. He also says trust needs to be reaffirmed with the police and the community.

Gillespie said he loves Blytheville and thinks it is a great city, but he would like to see some changes made to keep the community and the youth safe.

Police have not released any new information on the homicide at this time.

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