DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville police are working to help the community heal after a shooting on Friday. A 17-year-old was killed.
Officers are speaking one-on-one with people who live in the neighborhood where it happened.
It’s part of a program they launched earlier this year called a HEART Walk. That stands for “Heal and Engage After Recent Trauma.”
Police say the HEART Walks so far have been positive and that they feel appreciated by the community.
Officers say it can be scary when your block is full of flashing lights, and that the HEART walk is a chance to reach out and share whatever information they can about the investigation so far.
They told residents Tuesday afternoon that they do have leads in the investigation. They also told residents the act was targeted and not random.
“A lot of times residents, especially if the incident happens in close proximity to residents, a lot of times it’s comforting for them to understand that it was targeted and not necessarily a random act,” said Captain Jerry Pace with the Danville Police Department.
Resident Brittney Womack has lived in the neighborhood most of her life and says the walk is too little, too late.
“I don’t know if it’s random acts or not, it needs to stop,” she said. “Point blank. Period. I mean, the fact that nothing but old people live on the street, I don’t want young people on the street at all, and I don’t care how the city feels. Me and my children shouldn’t have to stay in the house all day because we don’t know what’s going to go on if we come outside.”
She wants more regular police presence in her neighborhood to scare off anyone with bad intentions to avoid tragedies in the first place.
Womack says she has only recently started feeling scared for her safety.
She says since March, her home has been broken into five times.
Womack hopes that from this tragedy, police will focus more attention on preventing crime in her neighborhood.