Gaston Point community gathered for ‘saving our community’ forum

Deadly situations have been happening in the Gaston Point community recently and now leaders are working together to address the issues.

The Gulfport NAACP chapter hosted a ‘saving our community’ forum earlier this evening at the Gaston Point Community Center to provide community leaders and community members a place to actively find solutions to end gun violence in their neighborhood.

Gulfport Police Chief Chris Ryle addressed the group, saying the New Year’s Eve shooting on Lewis Avenue, the catalyst behind the town hall, will be under investigation for a while.

While questions and discussion ranged from police conduct, to confronting gangs, to parenting, most were in agreement more action needs to be taken ‘before the bullet.’ Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “We’re good after the bullet. We’ve figured out after the bullet, putting it together, picking out what was on Instagram or Snapchat or whatever you want to call it and what our kids are doing. But if we know our children are bringing guns into the house or they have them in the car– they just have to have them on them. And this isn’t just about the kids, but a lot of our discussion revolves around our youth, our young men and our young women.”

Chief Ryle said, “If you see something, say something. Let us know before it turns into what happened on New Year’s Eve. And so, it’s you, our community, along with the Gulfport police department which is going to make this a safer place.”

The last time a forum like this was held was in April of last year after several incidents of gun violence in the Gulfport community.

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