They've asked and they ask again. A few North Central Troy residents made a plea to their neighbors for help. If everyone doesn't do his and her part, they ask, how can the violence end? Our Erin Vannella reports.
TROY, N.Y. -- "It's one thing to complain on your porch via media or anything else, but it's another thing when you come together to put things in action," said Troy resident Anastasia Robertson.
Three shootings in almost as many weeks and yet empty seats answer a community's call for help.
"Whether it's one person or 100 people show up tonight, if only one shows, than that's one more person who's willing to take a proactive stance," said Robertson.
On September 5th, a 21-year-old was shot on 6th Avenue and Swift Street. September 3rd and 16th, bullets hit a 5th Avenue home. North Troy community members say that's enough.
"I want people to know that we are willing to take a stand and that we want to see things better," said Robertson.
"We've pleaded and we've walked the streets and we've had our vigils and our marches to ask people to come out and help us bring some sense to this nonsense that's occurring," said Missing Link Ministries Pastor Willie Bacote.
But the response one Tuesday evening community meeting received is the same Troy Police say is letting them down, too.
"Quite often, it's the victim of the shooting or the assault that tells the detective, I have no need to talk to you. I don't want to tell you what happened. I'll take care of it myself. We can't have that form of justice," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney.
No cooperation compromises everyone's safety, police said. Any effort to change that, they support.
"We hope that the neighborhoods are ready to take a stand and tell those people who either won't cooperate with police or constantly violate the law. Tell them they're not welcome. Tell them they don't belong in your neighborhood," said Cooney.