Community wants crack down on violent crime

People in the city of Salisbury gathered Saturday for a summit to address the city's ongoing violence issues.

SALISBURY, N.C. -- People in the city of Salisbury gathered Saturday for a summit to address the city's ongoing violence issues.

Al Heggins of Women for Community Justice organized the event after a series of high-profile shootings, including the murder of seven-year-old A'yanna Allen.

Heggins gave people specific topics to focus their attention.

"Build those relationships and get to know one another," Heggins said.

Dance coach Jamella Brown was one of the many people at the summit.

"I have young girls on [my] team," Brown said. "They're very afraid of what's going on in the community."

Participants left the meeting with what Heggins called a "community action plan" to begin addressing the violence.

Many of Salisbury's shootings, including A'yanna Allen's murder, remain unsolved.

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