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Tallahassee residents shaken up after influx of local shootings

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Published: Jun. 12, 2017 at 5:52 PM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone

June 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WCTV)-- Two people are dead after a Saturday night shooting in Tallahassee.

It's the latest incident involving shots fired in the Capital City.

"It happens every time you turn on the news, somebody else has gotten shot," said Tallahassee resident Sheila Ford.

Last week, one person was fatally shot during an armed robbery. During the first week of June, an officer was shot at by a suspect who allegedly stole a car; in another incident, a cop fired at a different car thief. And, an early morning shooting injured one person.

In May, a shooting occurred on Texas Street.

The last weekend of April, a man was shot dead in a Brook Street home. Another shooting was investigated at Timberwood Apartments. Earlier in the month two people were injured during a shooting at a pool party at the Commons. And, police investigated a shooting at Beechwood Circle North.

In February, TPD investigated a possible shooting at the bus station. And a fatal shooting left one person dead at Springfield Apartments.

"It's scary, you don't even feel safe out anymore," said Ford.

Some residents have taken to the WCTV Facebook page to discuss the topic.

User Paula Cristina Amorim Forehand wrote, "Just about every day someone is shot or found dead."

Others, blamed local leadership

"This falls on the police chief and ultimately the mayor," wrote Facebook user Pamela McIsaac Pierce.

"When a life is lost, it's a tragedy for all of us. And there's nothing political about that," said City Commissioner Curtis Richardson.

Richardson calls the recent shootings "troubling," and noted that several of the recent ones were within two miles of his home. He says there's not just one way to target the issue.

"We can't police our way out of this situation. We've got to get neighbors involved. We've got to get businesses involved," said Richardson.

He pointed to the City's growth, unemployment and the summer months as potential reasons for recent crimes. And, said the topic was a major one at Sunday's Longest Table event.

"It affects our entire community," said David Northway, with the Tallahassee Police Department.

To combat crime, the Tallahassee Police Department has increased community policing efforts and hired more officers. The department also recently reorganized. But, Northway said putting a halt to all crime doesn't stop with just the department.

"We have said over the long haul, we are not going to arrest our way out of any of the problems that we see in the city. Just like we see in all cities. It is a community partnership and we are going to work with our community partners," he said.

It's a responsibility some residents agree with.

"The community can always work together. If you see someone struggling or falling into a criminal lifestyle, talk to them," said Gordon Jackson, a Tallahassee resident.