James Clark with Better Family Life said the city should brace for more violence unless there's a better community effort to fight crime.
“There was a time that we thought that daytime was safe, now we have murders in broad daylight,” Clark said.
On Friday, police announced an arrest in the shooting death of 54-year-old Monica Shaw. Prosecutors are seeking charges against a 19-year-old man and are saying Shaw may have been a robbery victim. The suspect’s name has not been released, pending formal charges.
Community leaders like Clark would like to know when the violence will end.
“We go to take this thing very seriously, because it does not change on its own,” Clark said. “The crisis stems itself we got to get out in front of it and we have to be in the neighborhoods. We have to be on the front porches.”
It's not the only killing in the city neighborhood this week. Robbery is also believed to be the motive in the murder of a cab driver.
The body of Timothy Grice was discovered Wednesday morning inside his cab at the corner of Kingshighway and Laclede Avenue. Police believe Grice he was shot sometime after 2 a.m. Surveillance video shows a car speeding through the neighborhood around the time of the murder.
“First we need to recognize that we are in a crisis. We must acknowledge that fact. We are in a community and social crisis right now,” Clark said.