NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Civil rights leaders are calling on lawmakers to do more to halt violence in Providence.

WPRI reports that the Providence NAACP branch says they've reached a crisis point. Seven people were shot in the past few days and dozens of gunshots were fired in separate incidents.

The NAACP says violence in the city will not end until more is done to cut high unemployment.

Vincent is calling for an evaluation of the city's recreation department and for the governor's workforce board to target workforce development programs in neighborhoods with high unemployment.

The civil rights group has scheduled a news conference for Monday.