HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - City officials hosted a public meeting Saturday to discuss teen violence after a deadly shooting near last week's carnival.
Ralphael Davis Jr., 16, of Hampton, died and four other teens were hit by bullets late Saturday night. The shooting prompted members of Hampton's city council, the mayor, city manager and police chief to hold a community meeting at the Youth Center on Thomas Street.
There was a large turnout for the meeting. Several people offered suggestions on how to deal with youth violence in the city.
City Councilman Will Moffett led the discussion. Moffett said the goal of the meeting was to discuss the issue of youth violence, not to blame or attack anyone for the problem. Moffett also said that youth violence is not a problem that can be solved overnight or in one community meeting.
With community support, and leadership Moffett believes the meeting can be the beginning of change. He said he wanted to host the meeting because gun violence is taking the lives of too many kids in Hampton Roads.
Residents also stood up and offered suggestions for giving children alternatives to violence. Some of the suggestions included holding citywide sporting events.
After the meeting, residents signed up to form a community-based initiative that will focus on issue of youth violence. The group will debrief on what was shared at the meeting, look at ways to reach in the community to give children alternatives to violence.
Moffett says the group also plans to reach into the Newport News community because that community also struggles with youth violence.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
It took fire crews about 10 minutes to get an electrical fire under control in Suffolk Sunday night.
A fire sparked in the laundry room of an apartment in Chesapeake late Sunday night.