MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Muskegon police statistics show the neighborhood where a man was killed and a woman was shot in the head is the most dangerous in the city.
Carmesha Rogers, 27, was shot in the head while trying to protect her children and a neighbor's children, neighbors told 24 Hour News 8. Her family said her condition improved slightly Wednesday, but it's still touch-and-go.
"She was alert. She heard me. They asked her move her hand on command. She did that," Rogers's mother Leeandrea Trainor told 24 Hour News 8. "God is good."
Alex Brown, also 27, was shot in the stomach and killed.
Wednesday, the neighborhood came together for a vigil.
Brown's is the second murder this year in the neighborhood.
Mildred Flowers has lived on the street where the shooting happened for more than 40 years.
"I don't understand why they want to give their life away doing that, because when they get caught, they're going to prison," Flowers said. "I can't figure out for the life of me why they do something on spur of the moment like that and spend the rest of their life away for doing it."
She said in the time she has lived in the area, the type of violence has changed.
"It went from hand combat to like military combat," Flowers said.
She said she used to feel safe walking through the neighborhood, but not anymore. Now, she sticks to her block.
"Because we've got homeowners down in here," she explained.
The rest are rentals, which she says bring trouble.
But the real problem is easy access to guns. There have been two murders in Muskegon this year and both happened within blocks of each other on Monroe Avenue and Fifth Street. According to Muskegon Police Department statistics, that area has the most crime in the city.
"It's scary," Angela Sims, who has lived in the neighborhood for three years, said. "I don't understand where the violence is coming from. Everybody claiming blocks. They want to claim this. Don't nobody own blocks. These blocks were all here before we were born."
She doesn't know what will stop the violence, but she says it has to.
"It is sad. It's sad that we are having black-on-black crime. Kids are killing each other and it's over nothing," she said.
Authorities have arrested Derrick Golden, 33, in connection to Tuesday's double shooting.
There have not been any arrests in other homicide -- that of 17-year-old Elijah Henderson, who was shot and killed on Fifth Street in the early hours of May 1.
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