Police, neighbors come to grips with weekend shootings

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A surge in weekend gunfire has Montgomery police asking for your help.

Police investigated two major shootings in three days.  Victims in both shootings were teens.

"Two in one weekend, back to back, that serious, yeah, that's a little bit unusual," said Captain Keith Barnett of the Montgomery Police Departments.

Police say they're working quickly to solve the crimes. Mario Cobb turned himself in to authorities Monday morning.  He's charged with the attempted murder of Richard Gibson, 18.

The other case, involving a 15 year old shot in a church parking lot, is still open.

"Detectives are still working diligently on the case.  We do have some very strong leads on the case, and we're following up on them," Barnett explained.

The crimes serve as a wake up call for residents.

"They're just walking the streets, and most of the time, whenever you're young, you're going to get in trouble. You're going to find something to do, and most of the time, it's wrong," said James Barnes of Montgomery.

Young children living in the are say they're worried about these acts of violence.

"At night, we be hearing gun shot and we be scared, in the bed," said Deazaa Rogers, 9.

"I think it really needs to come to a stop, but nobody actually will believe that, so folks just keep on it," explained Le'Darrius Rogers, 11.

Many people are concerned the problems will be much worse when school breaks for summer. Police say they'll use school enforcement officers and summer programs to keep an eye on teens--and keep them occupied.

"Just because school's out and they're not having to spend 7 or 8 hours in a classroom all day, doesn't mean they can be out, creating havoc in their neighborhoods and things like that," Barnett said.

If you have any information that could help police find the gunman from Sunday's shooting on South Perry Street, call the Montgomery Area CrimeStoppers hotline at (334) 215-STOP.

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