NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW-TV) - The shooting of a two-year-old baby outside of a grocery store in Niagara Falls earlier this week has left a community on edge and searching for answers.
Chloe Long was born and raised in the neighborhood where the shooting happened on 17th Street near Pierce Avenue. She says the present and the past are like two different worlds.
She owns a production company that puts on networking events to help bring people and businesses together in hopes of finding solutions to some of the neighborhood's problems.
Long says there are a number of vacant lots and abandoned buildings which hurts the growth of small business.
She says everyone needs to come together to turn things around.
"You have people out here that have ideas that are scared to use them because they think their ideas don't count and it doesn't matter," said Chloe Long. "But we need to come together and start creating outlets for our youth as well as ourselves to be able to voice our pains, to be able to use our energy in a positive manner."
MAD DADS of Niagara Falls is meeting tonight to address Tuesday's shooting and how to bring peace to the community.
Niagara Falls police are still looking to question a person of interest in the case but that person is not yet considered a suspect.
As for two-year-old J'Raeona Moore she remains in stable condition at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.