Gifford Park Keeping Neighborhood Safe
Neighbors fight to keep their part of the city safe.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE- A neighborhood that was once known for its crime has cleaned up its act in recent years. But Friday afternoon, the violence returned when a man was shot near 33rd and Chicago.
But the neighborhood association has been trying for years to bring residents together. Their goal is to have everyone get to know one another and prevent violence from happening.
Caution tape lined the streets near 33rd and Chicago Friday afternoon when someone was shot in the arm.
"while en route the location the information call changed and indicated that the party has been shot." says Lt. John Sokolik with the Omaha Police Department.
33-year-old Adrian Hudson is expected to be okay. Neighbors in the area are in shock.
"this neighborhood we love it, kids are outside riding bikes all the time so to have this happen is kind of a shock." says David Collie, who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred.
For 20 years, the Gifford Park Association has been trying to keep the neighborhood safe.
"For us we know there's some elements that aren't great and so we are very intentional with those and knowing those people and knowing those names and we know when bad things are happenings we know where the drugs deals go down." says Eric Purcell, president of the Gifford Park Association.
Purcell says it takes more than just police to keep the area clean.
"We work closely with the police and kind of let them know where we have identified some problem houses and situations and kind of be in good communication with them." added Purcell.
Even with Friday's shooting, neighbors say they still love where they live.
"I think it's a safe area I don't think you can be too worried about what's going to happen." says Collie.
Along with the neighborhood market, the association meets once a month to discuss issues and how to keep the neighborhood safe. They've been meeting since 1988.