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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Friday marks the 90th day since Wilmington Police and local clergy called for a cease fire between Wilmington gangs. Throughout the cease fire shootings have continued, but many who live in neighborhoods once riddled by gang violence say they believe peace is on the horizon.

“I can't speak for anywhere else other than here but it's been very quiet as of late," said Hampton Colclough.

In June a shooting on 6th and Kidder began a summer of violence in the Port City.

Soon after leaders decided to put boots on the ground to end an ongoing war between rival factions of Bloods, but the bullets continued to fly.

"Anytime you go in to eradicate a problem that's out of control it's not a light switch that you just turn off and turn on,” said Rev. James Jamison. “It takes a few minutes."

After a number of arrests were made by WPD neighbors say things calmed down.

"Law enforcement did a good job of eradicating the problem and left a void,” said Jamison. “When they left that void a new element of criminal element pops up and that's what you're seeing is that attempt to fill it."

Though shootings continue today many say the cease fire was ultimately successful.

"There's a lot of gang members starting to defect and starting to rat on each other because they're getting tired of the gang life,” said Colclough. “Some of these teenagers or young men are realizing that the gangs aren't their family anymore."

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Cease fire

It did not stop it just moved to the surrounding areas if you do not believe me ask dude that got in the back last week in forest hills
or the guy who got shot in the legs or any other recipient of this type of violence in other areas. Until the culture changes this will always be a problem. And if arresting the gang leaders was all there was to it why did the city not do it in the past? they could have stopped this garbage a long time ago when it first started. Hell drunk college kids got more attention down town that these communities did with bullets flying around. Was because they are poor and nobody cares about poor people? or was it something else? I am all about personal responsibility but there such a thing as institutional responsibility as well. We have an institution where in the government is supposed to treat everyone equally. I am not talking about financial support of the individual. I am talking about ensuring that all the neighbor hoods in Wilmington are safe to live in not just the ones with a higher tax base.

Seriously?

Leave it to democrats to try and convince anyone, including themselves, that their useless publicity stunt had any effect on the drug/gang war that is ongoing.

Spread the blame out...just a little

http://www.salon.com/2005/01/18/scandal_11/

PS: I'm neither Democrat nor Republican :-O