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Outrage after drive-by shooting in North Texas that injured 4 children

FORT WORTH— Neighbors in the Las Vegas Trail neighborhood said they are shocked and concerned for everyone’s safety. after the shooting Wednesday night.

“We all lost like ‘why, they’re kids?’ When you see kids outside, you should have kept rolling. They’re kids outside. Why did you start shooting? Said a neighbor who asked us not to say her name.

Fort Worth police say someone or a group of people in a car drove by an apartment complex around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and started shooting. Six people were injured. Four of the victims were children. The youngest victim was only three years old.

Neighbors say children play outside the apartment complex in the 3000 block of Las Vegas Trail all the time.

Fort Worth police have not identified a suspect or a motive, but believe this is an isolated incident.

“It’s a hard pill to swallow because I’m a mother of three and grandmother of one,” said community resident Natasha Woods. “But my heart goes out to them and I hope these kids recover from this.”

The City of Fort Worth has been addressing the issue of violence and poverty in the Las Vegas Trail community for years. According to the organization LVT Rise, 72 percent of the people in this neighborhood live 200 percent below the poverty line.

ShaVonne Davis works with Fort Worth youth to prevent violence through after-school and summer programs.

“Devastating. I could never get used to hearing it, but what I can say is that I’m tired of hearing it,” said ShaVonne Davis, founder of Maroon 9 Community Enrichment Organization and Acting With Mrs. Davis. She teaches a theater and conflict resolution workshop for youth in Fort Worth. She just taught the 8-week program to a group of youth from the Las Vegas Trail community in January and February.

“That was the first thing I thought: What if one of the students I taught was a victim?” Davis said.

She says now more than ever it’s important to engage youth in productive activities that keep them off the streets during the summer.

“I encourage parents to find some type of enrichment for their children during the summer to distract them, enrich them and keep them busy,” Davis said.