WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – An official from the Wilmington Housing Authority is responding to the recent string of violence in local housing complexes.
Jeff Hovis, Chair of the Wilmington Housing Authority Board, said that most people causing problems in housing developments like Creekwood don't actually live in the community.
He's urging residents to speak up and let the police know when they see suspicious people in the neighborhood.
"If you don't live there, you don't belong there," said Hovis about criminals hanging around the developments.
After Sunday's shootings in the Creekwood Community, Hovis said the issue is serious.
"I think everyone needs to be concerned," said Hovis. "It's a situation you can't take lightly and it's elevated because of the incidents."
Hovis said Wilmington police already patrol the housing complexes looking for gang members who don't belong.
The housing authority will hold a special meeting October 3 to discuss community safety and the search for a new company CEO.
Former CEO Michael Krause was fired earlier this month after being charged with DWI.