Community leaders asking neighbors to speak out against violent crime

(Photo: Joe Galli)

SAN ANTONIO -- Neighborhood leaders on the East side are speaking out against violent crime after a mother, two children and man were shot in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon.

“It’s saddening that in our community, in the 21st century, we are having such tragedies,” said Rosa Wilson, president of the Wheatley Heights Action Neighborhood Group and pastor at the Greater Faith Instructional Church.

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Wilson said crime in her neighborhood and on the East side can only stop after people speak out and speak up.

“We are going to have to keep platforms and dialog concerning violence, whether it’s guns, drugs, alcohol, or robbery, the dialog must be there. That’s what changes things,” Wilson added that police are doing the best they can to fight crime in the neighborhood.

“They come out here and they make their presence know. You can speak to them one-on-one,” Wilson said.

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San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus said the department has some plans in the works but he wouldn’t get into specifics. District 2 Councilman Cruz Shaw say the department is working from the top down to put crime bosses behind bars.

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"We need more than just arrests. We need to be able to have cases for when it gets to the DA’s office they have enough evidence to prosecute," Shaw said.

The Wheatley Heights Action Neighborhood Group has monthly meetings where they talk about crime in their neighborhood on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Greater Faith Instructional Church on 3514 Martin Luther King Dr.

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