HARRISBURG—More than a dozen people took to the streets Saturday on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Harrisburg.
Many at Saturday's march and rally began were chanting peace songs and holding bi-lingual signs urging violence in the area to stop.
The group marched from Market Street to the corner of 14th & Regina where last week four stray bullets pierced the side of Avis Lawson's home.
"I was almost killed," said Lawson.
Lawson was surrounded by members of the neighborhood, church and civic leaders vowing to take back the streets after last week's shooting.
"If it wasn't for God's amazing grace, I would be dead. One came through my couch," said Lawson.
Hank Johnson, a local minister, helped organize Saturday's rally and peace march. He said, "We want to step up and change this."
Dr. Lavett Paige, of the Martin Luther King Baptist Church also attended Saturday's march.
She said the neighborhood is diverse, but is known to be violent. She adds, by members of the community coming together, from different backgrounds, faiths and social economic status, Saturday's rally may shed light on the growing epidemic of gun violence in the city.
"It's not a black problem, not a Hispanic problem, not a white problem. It's a people problem."
She added, "A bullet doesn't care about your denomination, or color, a bullet doesn't care."
Residents living in the area are also soliciting petitions to urge local businesses owners to close their stores earlier.
Neighbors said some of the stores attract large crowds often contributing to violence.