CINCINNATI — It’s been two days since someone shot four people in Corryville, near the University of Cincinnati campus. Three of the victims are dead.

On Wednesday, community activists, city leaders and police officers held their biweekly meeting to end gun violence.

“I think there’s a lot of work to be done and I think it starts with the youth,” said Maggie Heil of the Wesley Chapel Mission Center in Over the Rhine.

On Wednesday, WCPO 9 got a look inside Wesley Chapel’s summer youth program. We were there as the kids ate lunch inside, and some teens were outside playing basketball.

“We can all come together, have fun and get educated,” Heil said.

New outside their building is a sign on McMicken Avenue that reads, “Stop the violence… I am inspired to live… I have dreams… I have a purpose.”

“Really, the kids came away with a good message about what we’re trying to do,” Heil said. “Especially in this area, there’s a lot of crime and unfortunately violence.”

Crime tape remains in Corryville on Wednesday following the deadly shooting at Highland and University Avenues on Monday.

During the PIVOT meeting, city leaders stressed that their work to end gun violence is not done, but they are making progress.

CPD told WCPO 9 that last year, at this time, we had 185 shooting victims. This year, we have 174. Eighteen of this year’s victims are under the age of 18. Last year, we had 39.

“The fact that we’ve been able to make progress and reduce gun violence involving children by 50 percent from last year is truly remarkable,” said Cincinnati City Councilmember Anna Albi.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Assistant City Manager Virginia Tallent spoke about the next steps in the fight against gun violence. Tallent said the city’s lawsuit with the state of Ohio over gun regulations is on its “final legs.”

“The city is really going to ramp up, enhance our lobbying efforts with the state general assembly and also the U.S. Congress,” Tallent said. “We’re really going to develop a plan during those lobbying efforts, and that’s because quite frankly we’ve been let down, we’ve been let down as a local government by the state and the federal government on those issues. We really, really need help.”

Community activist Randall Daniels was also at the meeting, and he had questions about affordable and safe housing for low-income families.

“I think that contributes to gun violence, just feeling like you’re not wanted or invisible or not respected,” Daniels said. “I just want to make sure that they’re in mind as we do the redevelopment and that they’re not just displaced and looking for shelter.”

Albi agreed that there isn’t just one thing that contributes to gun violence.

“We need to engage with youth and find a way to work together to end gun violence,” Heil said.

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