Augusta neighborhood stands up to possible gang violence on their streets

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, July 26, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "There were no signs, no symbols, no graffiti or anything like that," said Samuel Walker, president of the Cambridge Neighborhood Association.

And there doesn't have to be. The evidence from two weeks ago shows it all.

A sound that rattled these streets during a late night shootout all caught on camera.

"Do you think gangs are in this neighborhood?" asked News 12's Patrick Price

His response, "After our meeting last night, we did not know, we were clueless that we had four gang members that were arrested that actually live in our neighborhood."

A once-quiet neighborhood is now shaken by the word "gang."

"When i think of the word gang, it's nothing trouble," Walker said. "We allowed those gang members to change our lives by not standing up to them and doing what we're supposed to as citizens of this community."

After hours of hashing out all the details in a neighborhood meeting, He and his neighbors came up with a resolution.

"Between the ages of 13 through 19, there will be no party unless it is approved by the neighborhood association and they must have armed security guard from the Richmond County Sheriffs Department," he said.

"We as a society, we as parents, we as civic groups and we as churches need to take an active role," said Sheriff Richard Roundtree in an interview with News 12 Friday afternoon.

It's a mission his department to protect the city but more importantly Augusta's youth.

"The gangs, they do a great job at recruiting because they offer things that sometimes the juvenile is not getting at home or not getting at school," Roundtree said.

"The stigma behind being in a gang is going to stick with them for the rest of their life," Walker explained

For teenagers who live here or anyone else, Walker wants you to know, the word gang isn't allowed on his streets anymore.

"I can assure you, it will never happen again on my watch," he said.