Local Group Forms to Stop Gun Violence

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BAY COUNTY-- In the last month, there's been seven deadly shootings in Bay County. Now a group has formed in an effort keep that number from rising.

Concerned Citizens of Bay County is a small group of people wanting to make a big difference.

It was formed shortly after the May 24th shooting at the Petro station in Panama City.

Already the group has some pretty impressive partners. Organizers say Panama City Police Department, Bay County Sheriff's Department and Bay District Schools are helping in any and all ways possible.

The group met Thursday night at the Glenwood Community Center in Panama City to plan its big rally event on July 26th and also talk about ways to spread conflict resolution.

Organizer, Kimberly Bush said, "We've got so many great people in our community that has come together with this and I want it to continue and it's not going to stop July 26th, that's just the beginning of it. It takes a village to raise a child and our community needs to come back together we are going to take back our community."

Here's a list of events happening this month:
- July 4: Prayer and Petition Service at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church. Starts at 8:00 p.m..
- July 5: Panama City Youth Movement at 11:00 a.m.. (Location to be announced).
- July 12: Forum at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center. Starts at 1:00 p.m..
- July 26: Walk/Rally at Tommy Oliver Stadium. The group will meet at the Glenwood Community Center in Panama City at 8:00 a.m.. Then a rally starts at 4:00 p.m..