HIGH POINT, NC - High Point police and volunteers went door-to-door Thursday, handing out flyers asking for help in a neighborhood where violence has taken over.
Eight people have been victims of gunfire this week alone.
The rash of violence started on Monday when Alphonso Macer Jr. was shot and killed.
Then after his memorial service on Tuesday, seven people were shot. One is still in the hospital.
Both cases remain unsolved.
So on Thursday, officers with the High Point Police Department teamed up with members of the High Point Community Against Violence to try to get information from the public.
"We're letting people know there is going to be increased police presence in this area because of the violence and also asking for help," said B.J. MacFarland with High Point PD. "Asking for anybody with information to pass it along to us."
Some officers took time to teach the local youth.
"When y’all are playing and you hear people say something, you let an adult know so we can fix the problem, ok," one officer said to a group of young children.
Other officers took time to listen to neighbors' concerns.
"You have to be more transparent when someone gets killed," said one community member. "You can't just do this just one time. If you're out here more in the neighborhood, patrolling the neighborhood, talking to everybody, people would help you out more as far as crime goes."
But police say it's going to take everyone to stop the violence as they're trying to build a partnership one house at a time.
"The way it stops is the community believes in what we're doing and start calling us when there are little things happening," says B.J. Macfarland with High Point PD. "Before it becomes a big thing like a shooting."
"We know there will always be some violence," said Jim Summey of High Point Community Against Violence. "But this must stop. It must be reduced. This is injuring people, families, neighborhoods, streets. We want to call a calm and a peace to High Point."
According to police, 12 people have been killed in High Point so far in 2017 -- almost twice as many as last year's total of seven.
The NCAACP is hosting a community wide 'Stop the Violence' meeting at the Carl Chavis Memorial YMCA on Granville Street on Thursday night at 6 p.m.
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