Residents Sick of Violence at Campus Pointe Apartments

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Residents at Campus Pointe Apartments off of South Meridian Road are still begging for an end to the violence. After a 20-year-old man was nearly shot to death there, police say they plan to send a crime prevention unit to the area of Campus Pointe to evaluate. However, residents who are scared after Wednesday night's chaos are not sure if that will be enough.

Bullet holes riddled across windows are all that's left of a shooting at Campus Pointe now and police only describe the assailants as three black men. They are asking witnesses to step forward.

The owner of the apartments, Andrew Byrd, said he bought the complex to improve the neighborhood and has continually asked the police to do more. "I'm just asking for their help, asking for support from the mayor's office asking for police support and I've done it before. Hopefully it won't be on deaf ears now. I mean, the bullet missed a girls head by three inches." said Byrd.

From drugs to fighting, the Tallahassee Police Department says it responded to the area of Campus Pointe 170 times in 2008. Officer David McCranie, a Tallahassee Police spokesperson said, "That's a high number of responses and that's where we've got to take ownership - not only as a police department, but as a neighborhood of that area."

Those who live in Campus Pointe say some of their neighbors just don't care. Arthur Roberson, a Minister and a neighbor in the area said, "This doesn't reflect every person in the neighborhood. Everybody is not shooting. Some of us are praying and waiting for a difference and trying to make a difference."

Furthermore, Byrd and his tenants say they are out of options and if something isn't done soon, the problem will only escalate. Tallahassee Police are asking anyone who knows about drug activity or other crimes causing violence in their neighborhood, to call crime stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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