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July 24, 2014, 7:37 pm
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Springfield Police: All Hands on Deck Investigating Recent Shootings


Another shooting incident in Springfield Tuesday evening, this time it's a house that's been targeted before. That's according to Police Chief Kenny Winslow who says police have all hands on deck to put an end to the violence. The most recent shooting is the latest in a string of connected incidents, according to police, between two groups of people.

 

When asked if Springfield has gangs, Winslow says not in the traditional sense. He calls them "hybrid gangs" because loyalties can shift for many different reasons. Winslow says police have persons of interest but they need that extra bit of information to get an arrest. Police encourage anyone with information contact police or Crime Stoppers.

 

Another organization in Springfield that police work with is CeaseFire. Winslow says they provide information on shooting incidents in a timely manner to the group of volunteers.

 

Hear more on the Council Roundup with Bishop On Air, Wednesdays at 9 on 970 WMAY.

 

During Tuesday's Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole, aldermen heard from James Johnson. Johnson is no stranger to the council chambers and declared that once school gets out the violence is going to get worse. He also said the public is afraid of the police and that's why they don't provide information to authorities. Johnson says the reason there is violence is because there are no jobs and declared that if he wasn't employed he would "sell drugs, and rob from you!" Alderman Joe McMenamin too exception to that statement which led to a few tense moments in the chambers.

 

Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson, who's ward has suffered several shootings, says that police leadership needs to continue fostering a focus on community within the police department. She also encourages the public to contact police or someone else they trust if they have information on the shootings.

 

Before Tuesday evenings shooting on S. 13th Street there have been three shootings police say are connected.

 

 

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