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Posted: 5:56 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

MAD DADS Jacksonvile president: Step up for the Northside

Jacksonville, FL —

2 shootings, 3 days, 4 dead.  

That's been the storyline for Jacksonville's Northside since Sunday when gunfire broke out at an outdoor birthday party in the Brooklyn neighborhood, leaving 11 injured and an unborn baby dead.  Violence continued Tuesday when another firefight started, this time over drug turf in New Town.  3 died and a 16-month-old boy is clinging to his life in the hospital.

Many are wondering when the violence will end.  That becomes a difficult prediction to make when some members of those neighborhoods are scared to come forward because of their safety, or because their voices won't be heard.  Donald Foy, president of MAD DADS of Jacksonville, says he thinks people have been reluctant to speak to police about the incidents because they don't think anyone cares about the Northside.

"We, as a city, have got to reach out to this community to let them know that we care about them and that they're not in this by themselves."

Foy believes if someone with pull in the community were to come out and publically support the people in these neighborhoods, they'd be more encouraged to come forward.

"We haven't had any city officials to come out there and stand with them and say anything like 'We are with you.  We are concerned about you.'"

Police have arrested one person, 20-year-old Theodist Richardson, in connection with Tuesday's shooting, and while they've finished gathering physical evidence on the shooting that occured Sunday, they say they're no closer to identifying the gunmen.

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