Luck – pure luck. This is the only way to explain how those attending an affair at the Roxy Theater on Albany Street in Brunswick or any resident or passing by after midnight Sunday escaped injury or, worse, death.
A municipal police officer hired to provide security at the event said several people shot at the facility at 1603 Albany Street shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday. In defensive action, the officer retaliated. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently reviewing the incident, its expertise, and the resources requested by the city police.
For a few moments this port city looked like the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. It was a terrible time in American history when the gangsters tried to assert crowd domination. Shooting establishments in a drive-by fashion, regardless of a fig that was killed or injured, was one of their frightening tactics. The innocent were often caught in the crossfire.
Well, it’s Brunswick, Georgia, not Chicago, Illinois. These things don’t happen here. They are not supposed to do it, that is to say.
Where is the leadership of the community? Where is the outrage? Where are the all-out calls to action?
City and county commissioners are expected to hold press conferences at the site of the attack and warn responsible parties that such indiscriminate and dangerous gunfire will not be tolerated in the Golden Isles. Their anger should include threats to hunt them down and ensure that each is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You almost wonder what kind of world it has evolved into when there is more public outcry for chopping down a tree than there is for an attempt to chop people down.
This cannot happen here with impunity. The reputation of too many communities has been tarnished by such outbursts of unpunished violence.
In addition, there is the issue of security. Vehicles and homes were hit by the stray bullet storm during the attack. Next time, especially if these disbelievers get away with it the first time around, the community might not have that chance.
City and county police are expected to combine forces with the sheriff’s office and the GBI. Working together would increase the likelihood of catching the culprits and sending the message to everyone that Brunswick will not tolerate violence.