|Published:||Sep 28, 2010 3:25 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 28, 2010 12:25 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers child is expected to be OK after an accidental shooting last week.
Family members say two kids were playing with a gun they found laying around the Campbell Acres neighborhood on Friday night.
Longtime neighbors are expressing surprise at the accidental shooting, after they've worked so hard to fight a past image of crime.
"I'm surprised to hear it was children, that touched my heart, when children are involved," said Ida Kerr, who has been involved in Neighborhood Watch in the Campbell Acres community for several years. "There's crime in the neighborhood, and it concerns me."
Last year, Kerr helped organize a community march to take back the neighborhood from crime. Since then, she says the downfall in the economy has changed their community.
"A lot of people have moved out of the neighborhood that used to participate in the neighborhood watch," Kerr said.
"We have not have what I would call a spike in crime-related problems in that community," said Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker.
Baker says his officers have responded to a few burglaries and drug arrests in the neighborhood in recent months, but he credits the Neighborhood Watch for cutting down on the area's past crime reputation. He says that involvement needs to continue.
"The people in the community have to take an active role on things that are occurring, and report those," Baker said.
Kerr says officers have been active too, but she believes everyone can do more to prevent another accidental shooting.
"From the police standpoint and then from the citizen standpoint, it takes all of us to make it work," Kerr said.
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