Victim's Mother Urges End to Gun Violence

Click on the arrows for more images from this story.

Victim's Mother Urges End to Gun Violence

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Aug 22, 2014

One teenager is dead after a week of gun violence. 9 shootings in 8 days has left a grieving mother looking for answers.

"This is a marathon, not a sprint. We have a long road ahead of us. But, it's a road I'm willing to go down to get justice not only for my own son, but for the sons of every other mother that is going through this," said Sheri Pruitt.

Her son, 17-year-old Richard Anthony Pruitt, was shot early Saturday morning at Silver Stone off S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Sheri Pruitt said she doesn't believe it was a random act. "Richard had an altercation earlier in the day. After his performance. He had a performance Friday night. He had an altercation and I'm not at liberty to say anything. I don't know anything."

While police search for those responsible, one city leader said staying positive will help the community recover from the recent uptick in violence.

"We are concerned, but yet we are confident, given how Lansing has been proactive through the leadership of Mayor Bernero, community policing under our chief of police, as well as the tremendous partnership and relationship between community, faith and, of course, the leadership of the city," said Bishop Maxwell, Director of the Mayor's Office of Community and Faith Based Initiatives.

But, Bishop Maxwell said it can't just be the people at the top. He said everyone in the city has to work together to prevent violence. "To address some of the challenges and struggles of young people of color, of people who have these socio-economic barriers that are common in urban communities."

Groups like these, working to protect other teenagers like Richard Pruitt.

Pruitt's Mother and Chief Yankowski urged no retaliation for Pruitt's death.