Community concerned about east Greensboro violence

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GREENSBORO, NC -- A daylight shooting in east Greensboro has pushed some east Greensboro residents past the tipping point.

"East side Greensboro -- it's one of the worst," said resident Victoria Johnson. "I'm trying to move from this neighborhood. It's very scary."

Johnson said Wednesday's Beck Street shooting, followed by another shooting two doors down from her Sunday morning, has her fearful for her children's safety.

"I won't let them be outside without me right there," she said. "You never know when a stray bullet could come flying. Or when someone could give them candy that's not really candy."

Police were out Monday going door to door, fostering relationships with residents and encouraging them to call police when they feel unsafe or witness a crime.

"From going door to door, they've been talking about a lot of discharging of firearms, shots fired in the area," said Greensboro Police Sgt. M.D. Menshew. "There's a lot of good, hardworking folks in this neighborhood that are concerned about the way things have been going."

While police hope to combat the violence in east Greensboro, one resident has also taken it into his own hands.

Calvin Shorter believes that changing east Greensboro has to come from the inside. So, he moved to the neighborhood and, two years ago, opened the Career Academy of Greensboro.

"I built this school so we're not losing a generation of young men. Right now, the way it's going, we're going to lose a whole generation of young men by the grave or by the jailhouse," he said.

Shorter said he aims to find young men on bad paths in east Greensboro and show them that there is another way.

"They're killing each other like it's the O.K. Corral," Shorter said. "As quick as you can learn to pull that trigger... why can't you read a book?"

Shorter said the school costs $25 per month and currently has eight students. He said he has seen dramatic changes in many of the men he has taught. He said he is able to relate to his students because he had a troubled childhood, losing his mom to gun violence at age two and living in foster homes around New Jersey.

Shorter said he wishes more people would join his battle to help east Greensboro.

"I feel like I'm fighting this battle by myself," he said. "We need to take our neighborhoods back."