Residents call for youth outreach programs after 17-year-old boy was shot and killed

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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – Cameron Minter, 17, was shot in the head in what locals call a senseless act of gun violence on Tuesday night. After hearing that a teenager was the latest victim of gun violence, organizers of bike group Uniqu3 Ryders Inc. could only think of their own teenagers and planned a rally to spread a message on Wednesday.

“We both have 16-year-old sons and with this passing that happened last night it has hit home,” said Vice President Shalea Jernigan.

More than residents gathered at the Columbia County Courthouse after Minter was found with a gunshot wound to the head at Cedar Park Apartments.

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“Something has to be done,” Jernigan added.

Minter was rushed to hospital where he died.

Uniqu3 Ryderz is united for this cause.

“We are fighting gun violence,” said CEO Carol Tunsil.

Their goal is to support families who have lost loved ones. They said Lake City lacked youth outreach programs.

“From our law enforcement, from our city officials, from everyone in our community,” Tunsil said. “We need to freeze this thing and get together and figure out what programs we need to create for our kids, because right now we don’t have any. We don’t have any program that our kids can go to and they create their own families and things and we have to figure out what to do.

Sgt. Mike Lee of the Lake City Police Department said they hoped to give more opportunities to young people given the increase in shootings over the past year.

“Specific targeted activities and programs aimed at reducing some of the gun violence that we’ve seen increasing here,” Lee said.

He said they were in the early stages of developing the programs and couldn’t share what they might be.

They have a person of interest in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

“We are following very strong leads here,” added Lee.

They still need witnesses to speak out.

“It’s not fair, it’s not fair,” Jernigan said. “They just need answers.”

They need answers to get justice for Minter and his family, and everyone else who has lost someone to gun violence.

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