Group calls for change in wake of mother's murder
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Riviera Beach Police are searching for a gunman, after they say he shot and killed a 22-year-old woman and injured five others.
Arti Williams, the Vice President of Mothers Against Murderers, says he got the call late Monday night that 22-year-old Norriesha Hills was shot and killed.
“We got a call from the crime scene asking us to come get the mother out of the street. She just wouldn’t get out of the street. Those are things that are hurting that you feel for the family,” he said.
Riviera Beach Police said it was just after 10 p.m. when the gunman opened fire on a group of people standing outside on West 23rd Street, killing Hills.
“She hadn’t even begun to live yet. 22 years old and has two kids. That’s someone who will never ever get to see their mother again. Never, ever," Williams said.
Five men in their twenties who neighbors say live in the community were also shot and taken to the hospital. Their names are Decobe Williams, Pierre Charles, Reginald Minor, Jamal Forrest, and Deandre Witherspoon.
Police said two of them are in critical condition Tuesday.
“It’s too reoccurring. Every time we get this call it’s almost the same thing,” Williams said. “It’s like we’re waiting for something to happen.”
Williams said before he gets one more phone call that a young man or woman is dead, something needs to change.
“More need to be done through our government, our churches, state legislation. We have to find a way to stop the crime,” he said.
Police believe the group was targeted.