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Crime is the talk of Henderson

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HENDERSON, N.C. -

A day after a meeting about crime brought out hundreds of people in Henderson, the issue is still the talk of the town.

Multiple people approached WNCN's crew in town on Wednesday wanting to talk about it.

"My family is basically debating whether or not they should stay in school here or they should be moved to another district because the crime is just so out of control now," said Sharon Harris.

Some point to drugs as the root of the problem, while many more blame guns.

"It's like these younger people are going around shooting. Back in the day, people used to fight and just leave it alone, you feel me? Now people want to get guns and end people's lives over nonsense," said Suave Rollack.

"After 60 some years, I ain't never seen it like this before," said one woman, who asked WNCN not release her name.

She said she witnessed a gun pulled on a man at a gas station in December. She got behind her car and prayed.

Another man, who did not want his identity on the record, told WNCN he was shot multiple times at the same gas station two weeks ago and even lost his eye. He said the only solution to the crime problem is for criminals to change their mindset.

Some people are critical of law enforcement.

"If we can pay our taxes for the police to do all this, they need to step their game up," said Damien Jones.

WNCN reached out to the police chief, but was told he was unavailable. He's expected to release comments about Tuesday night's meeting in the coming days.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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