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Editorial: Salisbury must break culture of silence

By any measure, this weekend’s shooting at Thelma’s Down Home Cooking is “sad all around,” as County Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds said.

Thankfully, no one was killed, but several were shot and others were injured in the frantic aftermath of the shooting, as hundreds of people apparently ran for cover. A business that once served veterans for years during a weekly coffee, entertained prominent political figures and served the community with Thelma Luckey’s well-liked food looks to be on a path to closure. Rowan County government on Monday notified Luckey that it would terminate her lease at West End Plaza, where the shooting occurred.

The community is also without answers about how the incident occurred. Police say partygoers have been uncooperative. All we know is that a party that attracted hundreds turned violent after the clock struck midnight on Sunday. Therein lies the biggest problem. Salisbury’s residents, young and old, cannot continue to foster a culture of silence, particularly in an incident where nine were injured (six shot) and hundreds were affected.

A culture of silence is the reason why 7-year-old A’yanna Allen’s killer hasn’t been brought to justice and why there are more than 20 unsolved murders in the city of Salisbury, many of which occurred between 2014 and 2016.

There are no benefits to allowing the person or persons who perpetrated Sunday’s mass shooting (when four or more people are shot) to go unpunished. Bringing those responsible to justice increases the chances, if only slightly, that a similar incident won’t happen again.

This weekend’s shooting is “sad all around” because several people were injured and hundreds were traumatized in the aftermath. It’s sad, too, because Luckey, who told the Post last year that the restaurant was the realization of a dream, could see her dream die.

Most of all, it’s disheartening that, yet again, police say they aren’t getting help from the public in solving the case.

Speak up, Salisbury.

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