Child Among Six Shot In Clarksdale; One Dead

(Clarksdale, MS) A 7-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in Clarksdale, Mis., Sunday night.

There were a series of shootings in the troubled town Sunday.

“I couldn’t go to church,” resident Erma Calvin said.

Calvin won’t forget this Sunday anytime soon. She raised her kids on Adams Street and has seen her neighborhood change over the years. What happened to two young men Sunday morning was even too much for her.

“They drove down there and were talking to the boy, I heard three shots, pop, pop, pop,” said Calvin.

Just after 10 a.m. Sunday, 36-year-old Rico Butler was shot and killed in the 100 block of Adams Street.

Another man, who was sitting in Butler’s car, was shot in the arm.

At 10:55 p.m., a man was shot in the foot in the 700 block of Catalpa Street.

Twenty minutes later, two men were shot while standing in the 600 block of Ritchie.

That’s the same location where the child was shot while inside an apartment.

The shootings have people like Robert Watkins afraid to even open his front door.

“They don’t care, really don’t,” said Watkins.

People around town say these shootings were gang related.

Police admit they have a gang problem around town, but say retaliation happens here and it’s not always gangs, just a small town.

“We’ve heard sometimes you have shootings they lead to other shootings,” said Robbie Linley, Assistant Chief of Police in Clarksdale.

Calvin may not have made church, but she did turn to prayer, hoping young people with guns will finally learn there’s another way.

Clarksdale Police Department ask you to call them at 662-621-8151 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you have information in the shootings.

Clarksdale has seen a large increase in violence and gangs over the past few years.

Just last week, we told you about a disabled man who lost his home when it was set on fire.

The man, who is white, believes it was racially motivated after the words ‘Get Out Cracker‘ and a gang symbol were sprayed on the walls.

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