Parkridge residents talk about crime concerns

Parkridge residents talk about crime concerns

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Jack Hutchins Jr. was shot after returning with dinner for his family on Woodbine Ave. Jack Hutchins Jr. was shot after returning with dinner for his family on Woodbine Ave.
The ongoing crimes in the Parkridge area are a concern for residents there. The ongoing crimes in the Parkridge area are a concern for residents there.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The ongoing crimes in the Parkridge area are a concern for residents there.

Cynthia Smith moved to Woodbine Avenue from Walter P. Taylor homes to be in a safer neighborhood.

"And then I move here and crime is just as bad. Since I've been here, there's been two or three shootings I think," Smith explained.

On her street in March, 17-year-old Hakeem Jackson was killed in a drive-by shooting. In July, we reported on a "Stop the Violence" forum in the neighborhood that drew in hundreds to discuss drug and gang-related crimes.

Then, just days ago, Jack Hutchins Jr. was shot after returning with dinner for his family.

"To just go and get something for dinner, and come back, and get shot down like that. That is sad. That is really sad," Smith said.

Tuesday evening, there was another neighborhood meeting to discuss the ongoing problem.

"We don't have a lot of bad people. It's the people who come over here who are doing the bad stuff," said Evelyn Johnson, another Woodbine Avenue resident.

"They have had their fair share of some incidents that have occurred this year. We've investigated every incident," explained Darrell DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department.

"If only KPD would come in and patrol a little more," Johnson said.

Knoxville Police say they do have a solid presence in the area.

"You can't be on every street corner, every minute of the day," DeBusk added.

So residents like Cynthia continue to watch over her shoulder.

"I thought I would walk around the block and get some exercise. But I don't think that's safe," Smith said.

We asked KPD about the Hakeem Jackson case. They say their investigation into his death is complete. They've turned the case over to the DA's office and say they feel good about where things stand.

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