RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - "I was in my bedroom and I heard the shooting. I have not heard shooting in a long time and I said my goodness that was mighty close." says Ester Martin.
Mrs. Martin and her husband live across the street from Carrie Mays Recreation Center. She says she expected there would be violence because she noticed tennis shoes hanging on the streets utility line. "When you see shoes hanging from a utility line like that, it means there are gangs in this area or there is drugs being sold. Then it leads me to wonder how did these kids get guns. Who would sell a teenager a gun?"
She and her husband believe that no teenager should be able to have a gun. "They think that having a gun makes them big and it does not." says Mr. Martin
The couple see children playing at the center everyday. Mrs. Martin says, "I'm afraid for the whole neighborhood because they go over there to play basketball and small kids are over there too."
Some of those kids are from Life In The River Worship Center which is next door to Carrie Mays Recreational. Melvin Butler who is a member of the church says they have been talking to their kids about the shooting and are making plans to keep them safe. "We will continue to have someone present an adult present at all times to watch over and guide them. And we will keep eyes open on whats going on around us."
The church is hoping that this crime does not encourage violence in the neighborhood.
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The Richmond County Coroner's Office confirmed to WFXG the identity of a fatal shooting victim at Carrie Mays Park on 11th Avenue.
Traychaurde Harris, 20, appeared to have been shot at least one time. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 p.m. on Friday.
According to the coroner, Harris' autopsy will be at the GBI Lab.
The incident is still being investigated.