“If we keep looking for police officers’ support, nothing is going to get done,” Rutherford said.
The police department did not respond to a request for comment and for details on the Saturday shooting.
Meeting organizers played a video showing the street packed with cars and people Saturday and loud music blaring. They later showed an Instagram video in which gunfire is heard in the background.
There have been at least 10 shooting incidents over the past six years during the street parties, said LeJuano Varnell, executive director of the community development group Sweet Auburn Works.
Varnell suggested that local merchants meet with David Villaroel, the new commander of Zone 6, which includes the impacted stretch of Edgewood. However, police officials have told Varnell they lack the personnel to control the parties.
“They said the onus is on us,” Varnell said.
Merchants and residents agreed Monday to close the street this weekend, if police decline to help. They may hire a private security force later, depending on whether their efforts succeed.