Ann Warrell, the wife of a jogger shot dead in Buckhead, Georgia, told America Newsroom on Thursday that residents of the wealthy Atlanta suburb are leaving the area because of rising crime amid pressure to neutralize police.
“Over the last 12 to 18 months, it just got worse and worse, and as you talk to other people we know in the area, we just felt like it was sneaking closer to our neighborhood. So it’s felt by everyone here, “Warrell admitted.
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At first glance, provoked violence over the weekend AtlantaBuckhead’s Kick Quarter highlights what area officials see as the need for more security and public safety protocols, as recently crime the jump has made some residents afraid to even pump gas in certain places, Fox News has learned.
On Thursday, the Buckhead City Committee, a former Buckhead study committee, will push for an extraordinary hearing as part of its ongoing effort to become a separate body from the city of Atlanta, said Bill White, the group’s chief executive and chairman.
“Given everything that’s going on here, it’s getting worse and worse and worse,” White told Fox News on Wednesday. “So what we’re doing because of the killings that went through the roof and the assassination attempts, and the lack of leadership and nothing changes – the madness continues – we want urgent hearings on our urban bills.”
In Tuesday, Atlanta police arrested a 22-year-old man for shooting in three people – injuring a local father of three who went out for a morning walk – and subsequently injuring a man after hitting him with his car during a crime through one of the country’s richest postcodes over the weekend , according to authorities.
Andrew Warrell was walking in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood around 8:35 a.m. when he was shot twice, according to police and his wife, Anne.
The attacker, identified by authorities as 22-year-old Gaelen Newsum, first shot Urel in the leg, then fired another shot while “Andrew turned to flee,” Anne Warrel wrote. “The second shot went through Andrew’s hip joint and into his ball and nest joint, then into his lower abdomen before landing in his right thigh,” she continued.
Warrell said Newsom then fired a third round at Andrew, but missed.
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Warrell claims that “the system is broken” and that “people are moving because they don’t feel safe.”
“I don’t have the answers, but there are people on the ground who need to make changes and action needs to be taken. If it doesn’t work, let’s fix it. Let’s gather focus groups or restructure the system,” Warrell concluded. “But what’s happening now isn’t working.”
Stephanie Pagones of Fox News contributed to this report.