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Mother at Sunday Night Shooting Reacts to Tuesday's Violence

10:17 PM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lisa Burney was one of more than a hundred people at a party on Spruce Street Sunday night when at least two gunmen opened fire on the crowd.

"Completely chaos. Everyone was just trying to get to safey," said Lisa Burney.

She says hundreds of people scattered when shots rang out Sunday night, after hours of relative calm at a family birthday party.

"Around 8:45 I checked my phone. Everything had been going good from 4 til that time, and then out of nowhere gunshots fired," she said.

When people fled the scene, it wasn't just the people who were shot that got injured.

"My daughter was hit by a car. We don't know who owns the car or whatever. People were trying to run, get out of the way," she said.

Burney tried to comfort the victims on Sunday, including her niece, who was shot in the stomach. Her unborn child was killed in the crossfire.

The scene replays in her mind as the days go by without an arrest in the shooting.

"Until it knocks at their door, they'll never understand. If it was their loved one, they would want someone to come forward and I really hope they catch who it was," she said.

And after a second shooting on Tuesday that left three people dead, Burney said the culture of silence is killing the community.

"People are scared for their lives. People want to talk and then they know people will come back and retaliate. That's one of the problems here in Jacksonville, people retaliate," she said.

Whether or not the two incidents are related is still under investigation, but she wants witnesses to come forward in both cases.

"These people that did what they did, they need to be caught and get whatever is coming to them.  Bottom line," she said.

Religious leaders in the area have called a press conference for Wednesday morning to ask the people in the community for a cease fire.

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