'Street Addiction Institute' founder says "Violence is an addiction"
Timothy Jennings-Bey receives an alert on his phone, once 911 dispatchers hear about the violence.
In the last 30 days, violent incidents have included Syracuse’s youth while seven people, 19 years and younger have been shot, two of them killed.
"Heartbroken at times especially when young people, innocent people lose their lives because of foolishness,” Jennings-Bey said.
A Syracuse southside native, Jennings-Bey founded his organization the “Street Addiction Institute.”
Jennings-Bey believes street violence is an addiction and while growing up in Syracuse he said the violence has gotten worse.
"The exposure, young people a lot of more young people perpetrating the crimes and there is a lot of young people becoming victims because of the dynamic,” Jennings-Bey said.
As the Syracuse Police Department investigates crimes, SAI volunteers meet victims and their families on the streets and in the hospital.
Their goal is to open a facility where these families come together and can talk about the trauma they have faced.
"It's a necessity for us to put a dynamic in place to try to start somewhere and that’s the reason for the Street Addiction Institute.,” Jennings-Bey said.
Jennings-Bey said this is his calling running this organization.
He believes our community has to start somewhere to combat violence in our city.
“Were moving in the right direction. I truly believe in my hearts that we will get a grip on this thing. Like I said we won’t solve it overnight but I think we can
you know affect it that it will be a noticeable change,” Jennings-Bey said.
With that change means bringing the community together to have a conversation.