Norwalk community leaders plan to curb gang violence
Norwalk community leaders hit the streets Friday, acknowledging the need to curb the recent surge in local teen gang violence that included the death of 17-year-old Tykwan Hunt. ?If you want, you can point fingers at me,? says frustrated Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia, taking blame for the current wave of violence. Three shootings in less than three months have left the neighborhood on edge, and the mayor is working on ways to prevent another teen tragedy. Additional plans to turn the community around come from Reverend Doctor Lindsey Curtis, who admits that dialogue between gang members is ongoing.The call for reducing violence comes after a shooting on Thursday that left police and K-9 units combing the Orchard Street area for clues. The recent shootings are possible retaliation for Hunt?s death. In January, Hunt?s body was found stabbed to death in a McDonald?s parking lot near a house party he had attended. Amos Brown Jr. was arrested for the murder last month.Community leaders are also urging federal lawmakers to help fund more gang-prevention initiatives.