Alabama NAACP leader responds to Huntsville birthday party shooting
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A 21st birthday party turned deadly after 11 people were shot and two people were killed Sunday.
The shooting happened at Legacy Events in Huntsville, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The two victims who died were Caitlin Jenkins and Quantasia Grant, both in their 20s.
In the aftermath of the violence, Alabama NAACP President Benard Simelton shared his reaction to the tragedy, as well as how the community can move forward.
“This is a county, city, state and national issue. and people from all walks of life must come together to pray above all else [it] And then let’s talk about what we can do to prevent this without pointing fingers,” Simelton told News 19.
“Let’s talk about what we can do to prevent this from happening,” he continued.
Simelton, like others, has urged lawmakers to act to limit gun violence deaths, especially among young people.
“Stronger gun control laws help in these situations,” Simelton said, “and make it harder for teenagers and young adults to have access to these types of weapons.”
Moreover, he believes that parents should be more involved in their children’s daily lives.
“I know sometimes kids say, ‘We don’t want mommy and daddy, we’re adults, we can handle ourselves,’ but that just shows that control is needed.” adequate,” Simelton told News 19. “Kids should know what to do, what not to do, and most importantly, know your surroundings before going to an event like this.
Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner reiterated his commitment to change.
“It’s a sad thing when you have young kids with 200 corps,” Turner said. “I’ve been in this business for over 30 years and this is one of the first times I’ve been on a crime scene with so many corps.”
Turner said he believes more arrests are possible after the shooting.
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