Community living in fear after death of local teen

 "I am fearful for my life, but you know what can you do?" Powers said. "Just live life as a normal citizen and move on."

"I don't feel safe at all."
"The fabric of this community is deteriorating."

These are just some initial reactions from neighbors of Richard Pruitt, the 17-year-old who was shot in the head Saturday night and died early Thursday morning after being taken off of life support.

"I lock my doors at home, I lock my doors when I'm in my car," said local Leonard Leek. "The safety in the community right now is very bad."

Police say spikes of violence are normal, but Anthony Powers says when it happens on your street, that danger is personal.

"Bullets don't have a name, it could be you the next night," Powers said.

And he wants the community to step up.

"Just more stuff for the kids to get out and actually do something," Powers said. "Instead of being in the streets all the time."

Richard Pruitt was shot on the 5800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Saturday night. That's one of eight shootings in seven days starting Thursday August 14.

And Lansing Police say one of their main concerns is retaliation.

"Let the police departments and law enforcement bring justice to these cases, that's our role," Chief Mike Yankowski of Lansing Police said. "We don't want people going and taking matters into their own hands. That's how the cycle never ends."

Chief Yankowski said even with the shootings, the crime rate in Lansing is down by 11%.

He wants the community to know that he's doing everything he can to stop the violence.

And Powers says the surge of shootings won't stop him from walking these streets.

"I am fearful for my life, but you know what can you do?" Powers said. "Just live life as a normal citizen and move on."


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