Communities come together for National Night Out

August 7, 2012 6:55:43 PM PDT
Communities across the country were unified Tuesday night in a call to end gun violence.

The mayor bragged of low crime and a plummeting murder rate, but this summer's been marred by more and more shootings.

There have been some unusual, sad cases; a 4-year-old caught in the crossfire of a gun fight in the South Bronx and a 3-year-old shot and injured while playing in a sprinkler in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Some of this wild summer was even caught on camera.

At a basketball tournament near the Polo Grounds complex, four men were injured when shots rang out. One was the son of Rhonda Bennett.

"All we want to do is tell people to stop, stop with the violence, learn to try to get along with each other," Bennett said, "It's just too much now."

Reverend Al Taylor's so frustrated that organized a march for Tuesday night and every night until Labor Day.

Police have responded by flooding crime scenes with more cops.

They've put up barricades sealing off certain troubled neighborhoods.

Security's noticeably tighter at basketball tournaments.

At a Night Out Against Crime there's hope that this rough summer will soon become a more peaceful autumn.

Hundreds of Brooklyn residents attended the "National Night Out Against Crime" event in Brownsville.

Organizers say this event was a great way for police and residents to meet in a positive way.

At a night out event in Westchester County, residents of White Plains were encouraged to join their neighbors and the police for a "going away party" for crime and drugs.

On Long Island, the National Night Out event was intended to strengthen neighborhood spirit and build partnerships between law enforcement and the community they serve.

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