Big Spring Residents React to Shootings

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

Sunday night's shooting is just one example of how crime is affecting the city of Big Spring. NewsWest 9 spoke with several residents today who say, they just don't feel safe anymore.

"It's not good," one Big Spring neighbor. "Everyday something is happening. It's not good here in Big Spring."

It seems like everywhere you go in Big Spring, people are talking about the latest shootings.

"It just gets ridiculous," Tammy Rogers, a resident of 27 years, said. "It's like, you're afraid to let your kids go outside to play because you don't know what's going to happen. A 4 year old's been shot. A 3 year old's been shot. These people need to stop, because kids are getting hurt."

"My biggest fear is innocent people gettting hurt," Mary Cadenhead, a resident of 46 years, said.

"It makes you look over your shoulder even more, because you never know who's there you never know what's going to happen and you never know if something is going to happen around you where someone is going to get shot," Rogers said.

We caught up with one Big Spring neighbor who says she's so afraid of gang activity, she doesn't want us to use her name for fear that someone might target her and her family.

"You worry, who's going to be next?" she said. "It's going to keep getting worser."

But people who have spent a lifetime here say they don't plan to leave their hometown.

"I was born here, I was raised here, and I don't plan on going anywhere," Rogers said.

The Police Department says there have been so many shootings lately they've lost count.

"A bunch say the cops aren't doing their job," Rogers said. "But the cops are trying. It's just that there's too much gang activity, there's too much drugs in town, and people just need to work together and try to get it out of here."

Right now, the Police Department is operating with 20% fewer officers. We spoke with Lieutenant Terry Chamness who says, even with the shortage, they're doing everything they can to keep the city streets safe.