(Horn Lake, MS) Allen Hopkins showed us the burn marks all over the back of his truck’s seat. He said someone tried to burn it after he called police to report gang activity on his block.
“I walked outside there were people running, everyone ducking and hiding under cars,” said Hopkins.
People along Cornwall Street say crime is rising – more renters with gang ties are moving from the city, and they no longer feel safe letting their kids roam free.
“I see property values going down, drug dealing on a regular basis and I hear gunshots. It’s not what it used to be,” said one man, who asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation.
There was a drive-by shooting on his block, another not far away.
They’ve begged the city to take action with not much luck
“It makes me feel like my tax money is a waste,” said the unidentified resident.
Alderman Charlie Roberts said the police are investigating but that’s all they’ll tell him.
Roberts says city leaders have made a stricter curfew and are trying to do something about the lack of homeowners.
“It’s a mixture of people coming from surrounding areas and we want to be on top of it,” said Roberts
The police chief, Darryl Whaley, said he hasn’t heard from enough people to be overly concerned.
“More and more it seems people want their community to be safe but they don’t want to participate in keeping it safe by reporting crime or suspicious circumstances to the police. Everybody wants to be safe but few want to be involved,” said Whaley.