Georgia Churches Ramp Up Outreach in Wake of Shootings

A man shot multiple times during last month’s fatal gunfight on Calhoun Avenue has been released from the hospital, but police are no closer to determining who killed Tamain Deshaun McKnight.

“People are saying they weren’t there or giving different versions of the story,” Rome Police Capt. Roy Willingham said Monday. “They’re unwilling to help.”

Willingham said Ladory Robinson, 29, is recovering from his gunshot wounds at home. Two other men, Evanda Spivey, 38, and Sammy Riles, 33, sustained leg wounds but were treated and released the same day.

Investigators are still working on the case that left the 35-year-old McKnight dead in a North Rome parking lot littered with shell casings and two semi-automatic pistols near his body. The incident happened around 4:20 a.m. Sept. 23 at 510 Calhoun Ave.

Meanwhile, several church groups are launching outreach initiatives in response to what leaders see as a growing plague of violence in the community.

“Gang violence, drug violence, domestic violence, all of it ties in,” said the Rev. Terrell Shields of Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in South Rome. “The end result is somebody’s family visits them in the cemetery and somebody’s family visits them in jail.”

Shields and a group of church members met Sunday night to delve into the issue and what they might do to combat it. He said parents, schools and churches — “the community as a whole” — must bolster their involvement in the lives of people who need help.

A major focus, he added, must be to teach ways of resolving problems without violence.

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Source: Northwest Georgia News