NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Residents in Lambert’s Point came up with an action plan to stop crime after a recent shooting in their neighborhood.
Sunday morning, an Old Dominion University student was shot outside of a house party at the intersection of 40th Street and Bowden’s Ferry Road. On Tuesday, residents gathered with Norfolk and ODU police to discuss ways to keep violence out of their neighborhood.
About 20 residents from Lambert’s Point came out to Tuesday’s civic meeting. The incident has residents more than concerned about the parties, late night skateboarding, and drinking going on in their neighborhood.
“We need to get some kind of information out to the students that they have to be more careful with who they let into their homes,” said one resident.
ODU and Norfolk Police say they patrol the parties and give safety talks, but they can only do so much. Now residents in Lambert’s Point are stepping up to help. The civic league plans to revamp their neighborhood watch program and organize a safety walk next month.
“We are going to send a message, make noise, have signs and go out with our bull horns,” said Vice President of the Lambert’s Point Civic League Thomas Harris. “We want to let them know that crime is not the answer.”
ODU and Norfolk Police say the plan will only work if everyone is involved.
“It’s going to take more to get the young community involved, especially the students and even the young community that don’t go to the university, to get involved to prevent this from happening,” said Joseph Caruso with Norfolk Police Department.