Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Raeven Howard and Mind Changers CEO Rodney Pelt took to the streets of west Tuscaloosa Wednesday night to hopefully make a difference.

“If we are going to be successful at getting rid of the violence in our community, we have to work together. I am asking my peers to take a stand, Howard told WVUA 23 reporter Chelsea Barton. ”

Howard and Pelt stopped on 25th Street where over 65 shots were fired Saturday night, one striking a 41-year-old man and another hitting 5-year-old little girl.

The adult victim is being identified as Christopher Hutt of Tuscaloosa.

Edmond Hutt witnessed his older brother being shot. He wants to see a change in the respect for human life on our streets.

“If people would like be mindful that if you go somewhere, and you feel like you need to carry a weapon…reconsider going there,” Edmond Hutt said. “Don’t go there. That’s not somewhere you need to be.”

The 5-year-old little girl shot in the head that same night is Jonya Williams.

“She’s just the smartest fun-loving, happy, singing little girl I’ve ever seen in my life, Jonya’s mother Donna Thomas exclaimed!”

After just three days in the hospital, Jonya is home recovering in the same house where she could have been killed.

“She’s my hero,” her mother said smiling.

Wednesday, Brandon Hurst, the man police believe is responsible for the shooting, was captured. The victim’s family’s said they can now rest easier.

“We are all relieved that there is an opportunity for justice to be performed,” Hutt said.
“To God be the glory,” Thomas added.  “I am just glad he’s off the streets so he can’t do this to anyone else.”

And when asked if she had a message to the man accused of shooting her daughter, Thomas replied with, “I forgive you. You need to get you some help. ”

Christopher Hutt is still in the hospital listed in stable condition.

Jonya Williams is expected to make a full recovery.

Hurst remains in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bonds totaling $150,000.00

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