CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A strange surge in violence in one of the Cleveland's safest neighborhoods has residents banding together.
People who live in Tremont packed a meeting hall Monday evening. Neighbors in attendance say this is their way of showing they won't stand for series of recent crimes.
"For almost 300 people to come out is incredible. I challenge any neighborhood in the city to match the passion these people have for their neighborhood," said one neighbor.
"This neighborhood cares about people, cares about each other, and the message that comes out tonight is don't mess with Tremont."
The renewed activism comes after the shooting of gallery owner Jeff Chiplis. Chiplis was walking home late one night on the outskirts of Tremont when he was shot in the back.
His neighbors are putting their heads together to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"You got some of the oldest residents who bought homes that are $10-thousand in 1930 to people who bought 1/4 million dollar homes sitting together."
"And you got guys who are all young attorneys and accountants they're part of our block watch who come up with their own ideas."
Chiplis is recovering and expected home from the hospital this week.