Residents react to shooting in quiet neighborhood

Residents react to shooting in quiet neighborhood

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Neighbors say 24-year old Antavious Butler was found dead on this bridge. Neighbors say 24-year old Antavious Butler was found dead on this bridge.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Another murder in Montgomery, and a neighborhood on edge.

It happened early Thursday morning.

Police responded to Groveland drive--not far from Lagoon Park.  They found 24-year old Antavious Butler.  He was dead at the scene.

Now, neighbors are simply trying to wrap their head around what happened.

"I woke up to lights and trucks and sirens and walked out to see a body out here," says Charmaine, who lives only feet from where police found Butler dead.

She is shocked, but, "violence doesn't have a preference. It can be in any neighborhood. Not just certain neighborhoods," she says.

But according to another nearby neighbor, it doesn't have to be.

"They can actually walk away from certain situations which makes the community better, and make this a better place to stay, and make it a safer place to stay," says 23-year old Justin Crayton.

Crayton lives just around the corner from the crime scene.  He's one year younger than the victim. The shooting reminds him how important it is to keep away from violence.

"Me personally, to stay out of trouble, I'm a very busy man. I'm well involved at the church and well involved with mentoring kids."

And while neighbors can't take back what happened here, they do have a message for anyone bringing violence anywhere near their homes.

"You need to be doing something better, that can better the community, better the kids, better the future," says Crayton.

"We're watching as well. And we're not gonna stand for it out in this community at all," adds Charmaine.

Police are still searching for a suspect. They say they have had an 88% homicide solve rate this year and that they're working around the clock to figure out what happened on Groveland Drive and who is responsible.

If you know anything that could help police call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.

You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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