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Crowd packs neighborhood crime meeting after shooting

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

There was standing-room only on Monday night during a monthly meeting that is usually attended by about a half dozen people.

Board members of the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association called the special meeting after Nizzel George was killed in his grandmother's home last month. Two teens -- 17 year old Stephon Shannon and an unnamed 15-year-old have been arrested.

Neighbors say police accusations about gang affiliations and retaliation in that crime continue to concern people who have lived in the area for decades.

"The neighborhood right now, all of us are really pretty anxious because of the gangs that are in the neighborhood," said Wes Countryman. "We have quite a few drug houses in the neighborhood. We do have an atmosphere of anxiety and fear."

Investigators with the Minneapolis Police Department offered what information they could about the case at the meeting. Police believe the home at 45th and Camden, which is where the two accused teenagers lived before their arrests, is no longer occupied. That home was shot up the night before bullets flew into the home Nizzel George's was staying at.

"The factors that lead to this type of crime are very deep and complex, and they go far beyond law enforcement and criminal justice," said Crime Prevention Specialist Tim Hammett.

"Law enforcement has a very important role to play, and the community has a role to play as well. I mean everybody in the community," Hammett continued. "Ninety-nine percent of the people who live here are good, decent folks who just want to raise their families and enjoy their neighborhoods and homes."

Some people who attended the meeting questioned why the city and police are not doing more to improve youth programs and protect parks. City Council President Barb Johnson responded with the same frustration many say they feel on a daily basis.

"I'm tired of dealing with us, the city, being responsible for all the bad activities going on," she said. "People need to watch out for their children, to not send their children to the park without an adult present. It's ridiculous. What goes on in this community with people who don't take care of their children? I appeal to you: What do you say to parents that don't care about their children? It just blows me away!"

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