Residents react to latest shootings in Tallahassee

Published: Jul. 26, 2017 at 5:48 PM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- The count on violent crime in Tallahassee continues to rise.

In the last two months, at least a dozen shootings have occurred. Those shootings have resulted in four deaths and 11 injuries.

"It's ridiculous shootings. It's over something really stupid," said resident Luther Bondiford.

"It's scary," said Andre Brown, a Tallahassee resident.

The most recent shootings happened within 24 hours of each other, and less than a mile apart.

On Tuesday morning, 24-year-old Devin Landers was fatally shot at a Dixie Condos apartment. Wednesday morning, another shooting happened at University Village shopping center. That incident resulted in non-life threatening injuries for one victim.

Brown lives blocks away from the site of Tuesday's shooting. He said the recent crime spree worries him.

"Sometimes innocent people slip into the action when they're really innocent, like kids especially. And that's really scary," he said.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, most of the recent acts of violent crime are not random, with victims and suspects often knowing each other.

"I feel safe here in the city," said Jonathan Ramirez, a Tallahassee resident. Ramirez works out at the University Village shopping center.

"I feel like with these situations, it's more internal conflicts. Thank God we don't have random drive by shooters," he said.

TPD is on the scene of every shooting and said they are a big component to combating violent crime; however, they are not the only component.

"We can't arrest our way out of it. If you look at our numbers, you'll see that we arrest people all the time. And we make a lot of arrests for the

shootings. That's only one piece of the puzzle," said David Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department. "We need to bring in as a community, come together and solve the underlying problems that are causing these shootings to happen."

For some residents, those underlying issues deal with the golden rule.

"The way to live is live like you want to be treated. Treat people like

you want to be treated. But nobody is teaching that golden rule anymore," said Bodiford.

Local law enforcement agencies from across the county have been joining forces to help tackle the crime rate in Tallahassee.

Earlier this year, Leon County was rated as having the highest crime rate per 100,000 people in the state of Florida.