Community group aims to end violence in Poughkeepsie in wake of fatal shooting

There were at least 10 reported cases of shots fired over the weekend in Poughkeepsie, including one that claimed the life of a 24-year-old.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 9:56 PM

Updated 1,380 days ago

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There were at least 10 reported cases of shots fired over the weekend in Poughkeepsie, including one that claimed the life of a 24-year-old.
Tyshawn Crossland was shot and killed Saturday night on King Street Park.
The group SNUG -- "guns" spelled backwards -- says its mission to end gun violence in the city will happen when everyone buys in.
Debra Long, with SNUG, lost her 24-year-old son more than a decade ago to gun violence.
She's been on a lifesaving mission ever since.
"We're here. We're here to help. And it doesn't have to mean that someone may think someone is having a gun issue - anything, if it's a mental health issue they're talking about a fight, come see us," she says.
After shots rang out in the city last weekend, the group coordinated Monday's discussion about the need to de-escalate tensions in the community before violence happens.
City officials say they're thinking of tactics to combat it like putting police on the streets and stressing the importance of community partnerships, like with SNUG and #breakthecycle.
"The conversation needs to keep going, We need to keep talking. Keep shouting about it and reaching people that are perpetrating these crimes and it's heartbreaking," says Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
 


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