Lynchburg Park & Rec leaders to hold public meeting following shooting

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - A recent double-shooting at Younger Park has community members concerned about safety. One teen was arrested and two others were hurt last week following the incident, according to police.

As the investigation continues local leaders are examining ways to address violence among young people.

"It's a tragedy for the families involved and for the neighbors who live around the park," said Andrew Reeder, the city's park services manager.

He wants to reassure the people of Lynchburg that public spaces are safe and is asking for the community's help. He said the goal is to bring police, residents and other agencies together to find solutions to crime, especially those involving young people.

"It's a tragedy when you see kids so young veering off the course doing bad things," continued Reeder. "Hopefully this will put some kids back on to a better path".

This week, the Lynchburg Police Department launched its Community Action Team. The group of officers plan to work closely with local leaders, pastors, neighborhood watch groups and others to address crime concerns.

Many hope the relationships built help prevent crime in the community.

"Hopefully getting the citizens involved in helping to solve some of the problems, that go on in any community," said Reeder. "They are really the answer to solving these problems."

On Monday, at 6:30 p.m., the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting at the Fairview Center to discuss the shooting at Younger Park and other concerns.