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People in Charleston Questioning Safety After Rampage in California

Reported: May. 25, 2014 4:53 PM EDT
Updated: May. 25, 2014 5:08 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- People are questioning their safety as violence rings out in California.

Recently in the Charleston area, we've seen shootings, stabbings, and murders. Police are quick to arrest and charge suspects and increase security in troubled areas.

However, it's recent scenes of violence that put Mandy Harper on edge.

"I just feel like no one's trying to do anything about it," Harper said. "And everyone just wants to pretend that it's not happening."

But the violence quickly became a reality in California when 22-year-old Elliot Rodgers went on a rampage near a college campus in Santa Barbara, California killing 6 people before taking his own life.

One of the victims was 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, whose father spoke with media this weekend and said "Chris died because of craven and irresponsible politicians and the NRA."

People here in Charleston have a different opinion.

"People want to blame it on guns. It's not the guns. You know, guns don't shoot people. People shoot people," Harper said.

For Eric Perry, much of the violence in Charleston comes from anger whereas "the situation in California [the reason ] has been mental health."

In fact, CNN reports there had been warning signs that Rodgers was struggling with mental health, including a prewritten manifesto Rodgers gave to dozens of people before the rampage and also disturbing YouTube videos. In one video Rodgers said, "Tomorrow is the day of retribution. The day in which I will have my revenge against humanity."

In California, police continue to piece together the puzzle of Rodger's shooting rampage.

But here in Charleston, police continue to monitor the crime and do what they can to keep the city safe.

"We have to really face what's going on today," Harper said. "A lot of people don't like to face the reality of how much violence there are and how so much stuff is wrong with the world.

Harper want on and said we need to focus on the problems and fix them before things get worse.



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