Community members share thoughts on how to improve Little Rock in wake of recent shootings

THV11's Rolly Hoyt sits down with community members to discuss the recent shooting at Power Ultra Lounge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After Saturday’s shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge which injured 28 people and a recent wave of drive-by shootings, we wanted to take the pulse of the city, but a normal "Man on the Street" interview just doesn't seem right.

So, instead we set up two chairs in the River Market and invited everyone to sit down and have a conversation about how they feel here in Little Rock.

"I thought it was really crazy," said Deonta Alor, a Little Rock Central student, when he first read the news. "I woke up, and I was scrolling through my social media and saw it. And I was like, 'Oh my God, this is crazy that people can't go out and have fun.'"

Alor was shocked just like the rest of Little Rock and the rest of Arkansas.

Others like Christi Kennedy feel uneasy after the shooting. She works in downtown Little Rock

"Uncertainty because I work here. I'm always here in the vicinity of the area of that, so uncertainty and a little scared," she said.

Khalid Rahmaee, who grew up not far from the Power Ultra Lounge, said the gang violence this year seems different from what he remembers of the city’s “Bangin’ in the Rock” days of the 1990's. He said the difference is "drastic."

"Just as far as how crime is being committed and the reasoning behind it and all is like a little bit out of control," said Rahmaae.

But, everyone we talked to are ready to make changes. Both young and old offered up ideas. Not only on how to heal after the shooting, but improve Little Rock for the better.

"I just want everyone to know that it happened and I want everyone to acknowledge it," said Bree Hopper, who was shocked by the violence. "Talk to their kids about it, talk to their friends about it, make sure that everyone is not out at all hours of the night. And make sure that everyone stays safe and with people at all times."

"There's a million solutions. It's about doing something. Solutions ain't the problem. It's the acting on it. That's what needs to be done, to act on it," said Rahmaae

If you have an idea you want to share to help ending violence, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter or send us an email at news@thv11.com.

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