Vigil for 2-year-old shot in South Phila.

September 30, 2011 8:39:04 PM PDT
In South Philadelphia on Friday night, an entire neighborhood came together to demand an end to the violence.

This comes after a shooting Tuesday night that has a two year old girl still in the hospital.

It was a procession born of anger and frustration. Neighbors marched up South Bucknell Street, past the house where a two-year-old, a ten-year¬-old and their grandmother were shot.

They also marched past two other corners where young men were shot and killed this week.

They've had enough.

"It's unacceptable, it shouldn't happen, it won't happen. And the neighbors who are out here today are saying to anybody who want to come here in our community and cause trouble, "We're not going to have it," said Jordan Harris.

The entire city was outraged when a mob descended on Bucknell Street Tuesday night. They were looking for a 14-year-old girl who had been involved in a fight with other girls.

At one point, two men started shooting. Gary Pointer's wife, grandson and granddaughter were hit.

"This level of violence has got to stop. I don't want another family to go through what we went through, and are going through right now," Pointer said.

Police sources say they're having trouble getting people to help them identify the gunmen. But the folks gathered here tonight are determined to show there are people in this community who are willing to speak up.

"If we don't have the courage to step up and start turning in the tyrants that don't care about our babies, then we have no one else to blame but ourselves," said State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson.

The speakers here tonight repeated a common theme - Too many young people are dying on the streets, too many innocent victims are caught in the crossfire, and too many people look the other way.

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