Rally for peace on steps of Wilmington shooting victim's home

Watch the report from Action News' Kenneth Moton
May 7, 2014 9:13:07 PM PDT
An anti-violence activist in Wilmington was shot on her porch while holding her grandchild earlier this week and on Wednesday dozens rallied for peace.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday near 25th and Madison streets

On Wednesday, dozens of people rallied on the steps of Cheryl Allen's home.

The 57-year-old grandmother is back on her porch, just a few feet away from where she was sitting with her grandson Monday when she was shot twice.

"Two people came around the corner and I just heard, 'Bang! Bang!' They didn't look, they didn't aim, they just started shooting," said Allen.

Police say two men opened fire on the block near Madison Street. Allen was struck in the chest and back.

"It could have been their mother, it could have been their grandmother. They have to think before they do things," said Allen.

However what many would call irony, Allen and her husband call a sign.

For five years, he's lead the Wilmington chapter of the Peacekeepers, a group that hits the streets weekly to do just that, keep the peace and speak out against violence.

"I was angry but because of the faith my wife and I have, I understood that you know what, I still have a job to do," said Matthew Allen, husband.

Neighbors and peacekeepers from across country showed their support.

"We are no longer going to be silent and we are no longer going to let gun violence take our very young people," said Dennis Muhammad, founder of Peacekeepers.

Allen says as she and her husband combat violence, the violent act that almost took her life, only made her stronger.

"I guess they thought they were going to kill this body but God had another purpose for it and I thank him daily every day," she said. The Peacekeepers will be back on the streets next Thursday.

Meanwhile police continue to search for suspects in the shooting. Anyone with information is urged to contact Wilmington Police at (302) 576-3990.


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