MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Community activist Tyrone "K-9" Dickens is speaking out after three shootings this past weekend in Ouachita Parish.
Dickens went from being a convicted felon to community activist after deciding he needed to turn his life around.
He says that now is the time for the community to step up rather than shrink back.
K-9 knows both victims of two of the deadly shootings. He says that now is the time for the community to step up rather than shrink back.
"If I want my community back I'm going to do what it takes to get my community back, you just don't give up," said K-9
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo also addressed gun violence in the nation and in Monroe on Tuesday.
"Public safety is something that we don't take for granted we're going to do everything we possibly can to protect our citizens here in the city of Monroe," said Mayo.
K-9 says that violence is not the solution and instead people should communicate their issues instead of pulling the trigger.
"Deal with it, go seek for help. It ain't that much anger in the world that you have to keep grabbing a gun," said K-9.
He also says that death shouldn't have to be a catalyst for change and that he along with the community will be praying for the victim's families.