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Murray Hill neighbors want the violence to stop

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several people who call the Murray Hill area home say they are tired of crime in the neighborhood and want something done about it.

First Coast News spoke to a woman who said her car in Murray Hill was shot up by a drive-by shooter early Saturday morning. She did not want to appear on camera, but she and several neighbors said they are concerned about crime.

"I was getting ready to go to bed and I hear a 'pop pop pop pop pop,'" she said.

That's what AJ Andruszkiewicz and several other neighbors also said they heard early Saturday morning in what is described as a drive-by shooting.

"I knew it was gunshots right away," Andruszkiewicz said.

That incident appears to be the latest in a string of violence that neighbors in the quiet, sleepy area said they're tired of.

"It kind of shakes you up," he said.

On February 16, a shooting a few blocks away at the Fat Kat club left 1 dead and 4 injured.

"You just want the bad people to be caught and done something with," Andruszkiewicz said.

"That's what concerns me, is the shooting and the killings," said District 14 councilman, Jim Love. "That's what I want to stop."

In the wake of the Fat Kat shootings, several entertainment venue owners and DJs recently launched an entertainment commission to increase security and ensure the public's safety and try to decrease violent people from going into venues in the commission.

Councilman Love is talking with city leaders to try to eventually come up with legislation to help curb violence.

Love points to legislation in places like Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he said the city has a violence reduction program to promote safety and encourage healthy night club entertainment commerce.

He suggested having a safety plan for all Jacksonville night clubs, for example.

"Many other cities have passed laws like this. It's our turn to do it and hopefully it will save lives" he said.

"Anything helps," Andruszkiewicz said. "At least someone's trying."

Love is hosting a public meeting about ways to curb violence on Thursday March 6, 2013 at 3 p.m. at City Hall.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


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