Regency Park Residents Concerned For Safety After Shooting

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By Ashley Thompson

A shooting this morning on Cherry Hill Road in Montgomery's Regency Park neighborhood has residents concerned for their safety.

Barbara Tucker has live in Regency Park for 20 years and says in that time, the neighborhood has changed, drastically.

"We didn't have all these shootings, people getting into it, these block parties and everything," she says. "We didn't have all that."

And other residents in Regency Park say violence is a growing problem. A man was shot in the face Friday morning on Cherry Hill Road. Jerome Simmons says he heard the gunshots shortly before he put his children on the school bus.

"That's one thing I was trying to tell the police," he says. "They should have more police officers at least patrolling the area, while the kids are getting on the bus."

Councilman Jon Dow, who represents the area and also lives in Regency Park himself, says he's been asking for more police presence.

"When there's only one police officer on shift in the district, then that's not enough to really cover what's going on."

Dow says of the 600 houses in Regency Park, 365 are owned by absentee land owners renting them out. He says that only adds to the problem.

"The property owners who are renting out houses in our neighborhood, who know there's illegal activity going on, need to step up to the plate and be more accountable."

Tucker says she believes the tenants also need to be more accountable and look out for each other.

"The people who stay out here, look out for each other, you know. You see somebody breaking into somebody's house, call the police."

But resident Johnny Walton, who's been at his home for 20 years, says he's not sure there's a solution.

"I think they really just can't control the neighborhood," he says of police. "It done changed to madness, to madness."

The man shot early this morning was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries and remains in critical condition. No one is yet in custody and there is an ongoing investigation.

If you have any information, you're encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 334-215-STOP

You can remain anonymous.



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