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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  • by Gladys Location: Leon County on Mar 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    If NAACP really wants to help..this is where they could step up and help these people learn how to shoot a gun...I'd like to see Proctor walk outside here after dark and not carry a weapon...or any member of the people over in those Apartments should learn how to handle weapons to protect yourselves and your family
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    Barb in Havana, you are on the wrong article.
  • by Barb Location: Havana on Mar 6, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    The FSU athletic program has overstepped its purpose. To allow a spokesman to threaten the media, not to mention the 1st Amendment is making everything that was already wrong worse. I hope that spokesman is among the unemployed tonight. And to allow head coaches to "have had no knowledge" of infractions is too much. The President of the United States has no knowledge of Congressmen who disobey laws, either, but that doesn't obsolve him of his responsibility for their actions. Maybe FSU athletics ought to shut down completely for a year and start over with some new attitudes at the top.
  • by Tim on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:51 AM
    No they are not, had they wanted to change things, then there would numerous calls to the police advising them of who, what, when and where. They want the police to change things, but it take action on part of the citizens there. If they are scared to talk in thier neighborhood, they can always talk to police at the mall, the local grocery store or somewhere outside the neighborhood. There is also an anonymous tip line as well. It starts within the area. I hope they do join in a run crime out, just don't expet the LEO to do all the work, you got to realize they not only have to fight the criminals, they have got to watch out for Proctor, our racist commishiner, who may take offense if the police say something out of line after having a pistol pointed at them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    The person who owns these apartments should throw everybody out and start over with new tenants who have jobs.
  • by Idiot Location: Illegal drugs put control of drugs in the hands of illegal people. Catch 22 on Mar 6, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    I'd like to suggest a mobile Police station that could move into a neighborhood and start working with the people of that area on foot on bikes on the phone in the schools and churches in the stores. Saturate the neighborhood with a feeling of empowerment and let them know they have a choice, that their children can play in the commons and they can jog and walk without fear. They can come and go in safety again in their own sanctuary as long as they work together with each other to stop this attitude of apathy. There is a group called the Gaurdian Angels. They do safety patrols in neighborhoods. The men in those communities need to stand up and start protecting the people instead of allowing this type of thing from growing in the area. "Illegal" drugs put control of those drugs in the hands of people that have no recourse legally when making a business transaction. They are sometimes forced to take matters into their own hands. Land of the fee home of slave. Catch 22. Liberty gone.
  • by Feed Up Location: Out of Country on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    About time to take up arms, get a permit to carry and trotect yourself. When you need the police now they are only 10 minutes away. They can't be everywhere. It may be time to take your neighborhood back.
  • by BISHOP, ROBERT L . LEWIS Location: TALLAHASSEE, FLA. on Mar 6, 2009 at 05:55 AM
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Mar 6, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    It may require the residents to start "snitching", and be responsible citizens.
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