Neighbors in crime-ridden Harrisburg say deputies need to act

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December 18, 2006

Last night's murder is the latest to rock the Harrisburg community. Investigators believe that a verbal altercation escalated into shooting.

People living there say the particular part of Harrisburg where the murder took place is a hot spot for criminal activity. It's been the scene of gunfire, drug sales, and murders.

Neighbors are tired of the violence, and they want the sheriff's office to be more visible.

The sheriff's office agrees that this area of Harrisburg is a hot spot for criminal activity.

"We have had large number of calls, weapons fire, and narcotics and a murder investigation," said Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

Sunday night, 22-year-old Mitchieano Carmichael was killed. Investigators are now looking for 28-year-old Cornelius Wright.

We spoke with a man who says he heard the shots. He did not want to be identified...we'll call him John.

"I was sitting in my bedroom and I heard three shots," John told News 12. "I got up, under my bed and got my pistol."

Neighbors say this type of activity in the area is common, and they want the sheriff's department to step up.

"That's a common occurrence around here," John said. "I talked to police and narcotics, but they aren't doing anything."

But the sheriff's office says they are working the hot spots.

"We have identified this as a known trouble spot," said Sgt. Roundtree. "We use crime suppression to go in the area."

It's an area with criminal activity that is running families out.

"Soon as I can find a better place, I am going to get her out of here," John said.

Cornelius Wright was last seen in a 1987 maroon Nissan Maxima with Georgia tag AJZ 8554.

If you know where he is, contact Richmond County deputies.