Local Group Works to End Cataract City Violence

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) - After several shootings in the Cataract City, members of the Niagara Falls Operation SNUG (guns spelled backwards) are speaking out about the dangers of violence in the community. Throughout the year, members of Operation SNUG canvass several areas and work to mediate potentially violent and tense situations. Recent shootings, including one at the Whiskey River Party Bar on Main Street, another near Walnut Avenue and 19th Street, and a third on Linwood Avenue near 18th Street are disheartening to the group. Although discouraging, members believe step by step change is happening. The group hopes the community will come together in the cataract city to stop the violence. Members are also try to keep youth on the road to success and prove that violence will never lead to a bright future.

"They're either going to be shot or killed on the streets, or you're going to jail," said Operation SNUG's Program Manager Revered Jimmie Seright. "That's all the street (life) leads to."

Operation SNUG will sponsor an anti-violence weekend on August 27th and 28th from at Legends Park in Niagara Falls. The weekend will include motivational speakers, musical and dance performers, informational sessions, and the Cataract City Summer Basketball Classic Semi Finals. On Saturday, August 27th the event will be held from 2pm- 9pm. On Sunday, August 28th it will be held from 3pm -9pm. For more information call Operation SNUG at: 716-603-7156.