Witnesses of North Park Shooting Express Concerns for Park Safety
JACKSON, Tenn. - Jackson Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Rockwell Road and Reynolds Drive.
When they got there, officers found a female juvenile, who was suffering from non-life-threatening injuries from the gunfire.
Investigations found there was a fight and shooting involving several juveniles at North Park before the shooting incident at Rockwell and Reynolds.
Community members report they heard several gunshots fired.
“Last week I called the desk sergeant of Jackson Police Department and stated that if something is not being done about the things that go on in this park, something drastic is going to happen and it happened the other night.”
Johnie Scott reports he has been witnessing and reporting illegal activity in the park to the police for the past four years.
He tells us crime in the park has gotten worse in the last few years.
He has expressed his concerns to the police and park management.
He lives next to the park, and believes the shooting was the tipping point of the incidents that have been happening in the park, especially in this parking lot.
“But it all happened here in the North Park, they were running, they were hollering, and the Jackson Police Department came out with their lights, and they were searching for spent shells, so it all happened here at North Park.”
Other community members expressed their concerns to the police, especially after witnessing and being around the shooting.
The police report more lighting, speed bumps, and patrol officers will be added to the park to ensure the safety and security of park visitors.
The shootings are under investigation.