MIAMI (CBSMiami) — On Saturday, youth football returned to Gibson Park, two weeks after three people were shot at a game.
“It was like ‘Wow. Where are my kids? I could not believe that the first day of opening the park something that drastic took place,” lamented Ashley Smith, a mother of four.
Smith was among the more than 300 people who were at the park two Fridays ago, when the shots rang out.
She said she came back to the park Saturday to let the youth know the community is here for them…that this park is for them.
Smith was not alone.
In the stands with her were local, county and state officials. Their presence signified solidarity against gun violence.
Said Smith: “The two places kids need to feel safe, no matter what, is our schools and our parks.”
“I think its important to say to the community and the bad guys that we are taking back the park. It was a Little League game for God’s sake! I want everyone to feel they can walk out their door and not have to fear violence,” she added.
The first step to making folks feel safe: increased security.
There is now just one way in and one way out of the park. Plenty of officers are on foot and on horseback.
Police said they have some leads and that suspect Jamar Jordan, wanted for three counts of attempted murder, has been seen in and out of the park.
Jordan fired into the stands after an argument with an acquaintance on Aug. 31.