B.U.C.K Squad reacts to ongoing gun violence
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 News) -- Following Saturday’s shooting, members of the B.U.C.K Squad, an anti-violence group in Charlottesville, showed up to the scene once they heard the news.
"How many murders do we got to suffer before we realize and understand that this is a real thing that we have to do something about it," said B.U.C.K Squad member Bryan Page.
Two groups never fail to show up at the scene of a shooting: police and the B.U.C.K Squad, a local group that supports the reduction of gun violence.
"We get calls with folks that I have allegiance with that want me to know that shots been fired so we can catch up with the victims so we can try to stop any retaliation," said B.U.C.K Squad Executive Director Herb Dickerson.
Dickerson, who was at the scene of Saturday’s Cherry Avenue shooting, wants everyone to remain vigilant.
"[Police] haven't arrested anybody yet. So, until they do you just don't know what to expect or when to expect it. I mean people say, I can't believe it in the daytime.' Why can't you believe? We've been talking about this for two years," Dickerson said.
To solve the ongoing issue of gun violence, Page believes words aren't enough.
"It’s not going to stop because we say it, it's not going to stop because of emotion. It's going keep going," he said.
Trauma, Page says, is what leads to these incidents.
"We need resources out here in these communities. People need stuff to do. These kids need to play. They need to understand to be social. They need to learn how to meet people. They need to enjoy their life. They don't even know how to do that," he said.
Dickerson says the pandemic might be to blame.
"This is becoming a pandemic along with the COVID pandemic," he said.
But, they have a plan.
"Because we know if we save kids now, 5, 6, 7, 8 years old and intervene on their trauma now, we can save them and there aren't going to be shootings five to seven years from now," Page said.
The B.U.C.K Squad has been in contact with UVA Law, UVA Health, the city, and the police chief to talk about and come up with plans to prevent more violence.