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Community wonders how it can help with recent violence

Community wonders how it can help with recent violence.

YAKIMA, Wash.- Four people shot in drive-bys and a dead body that was found in the back of a car.

This comes the weekend after law enforcement leaders from around Yakima County hosted a town hall meeting to address the recent spike in violence.

These leaders reached out to everyone to help stop these crimes, but there are people in the community who are wondering what that means.

Pat Moran, a Yakima resident, said that there is no way that one person can do this alone.

"You can't do it on your own, because I would do something if I knew what to do. I don't know what to do," she said.

Not only do some people not know what to do, they want to know that they're going to make a difference when they try and help.

Rhonda Haffner, a Selah resident, said that the police need the communities help but is unsure how much a difference people can make.

"We all know if you hear something or see something, you call 911. But if you think the problem is too big to impact, you are not going to do that." Haffner said.

Moran wants the community to come together and stop more violence from happening in the area, but is unsure what to do.

"I don't hear anybody having answers ... (how does that make you feel?) ... very discouraged," she said.

Action News talked to police and they want to remind the public the best thing citizens can do is be an observant witness and don't try to be a hero.

Police say putting yourself in danger trying to stop a crime could make the situation worse than it already is.

Instead, they want you to try to remember everything you can about a crime you witness, and call law enforcement immediately.

To report a crime you can call the Yakima Police Department, the Yakima Sheriffs Office or Crime Stoppers.

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