News 12 at 11 O'clock / Saturday, September 21, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - Two shootings, less than a day apart. Less than a mile from each other.
"Something that's deteriorated, it draws more crime," said Butch Palmer, a longtime resident of the Harrisburg area.
That's exactly what neighbors in that area of Augusta say is happening.
Palmer's lived in the neighborhood since the eighties.
"It was an up and coming neighborhood," he said.
But he says as years passed, things started going downhill.
Just in the last day, Palmers seen two shootings on his neighborhood's streets, and a stabbing just two weeks ago, all less than a mile from each other.
"The houses that, the residents that have repeat assaults and batteries, the police need to keep a thumb on them," said Palmer.
Crime statistics in the area say 25 assaults occurred within the last month, eight burglaries and five robberies as well.
Even simple crimes like trash being thrown on the streets.
"If they do that, well they'll do a little something else and then it goes a little bit further," he said.
From dilapidated houses to crime plagued streets, he says it can all be cleaned up.
"Start working on the people that are throwing the trash on the ground and you're going to clean up everything," Palmer said.
But he says it'll take a sheriff like Roundtree to step up to the violence, and get rid of it once and for all.
"The fundamentals of law need to be enforced in Richmond County," he said.
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