Last week's violence has people concerned

Last week's violence has people concerned

Posted: May 21, 2018 5:19 PM
Updated: May 22, 2018 9:01 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - 5 shootings in 7 days and more people than that sent to the hospital. Fortunately no deaths in those incidents, but now people are wondering when enough is enough.


"One's too many, regardless of the exact number. There's no good reason for them."

That's what FWPD spokesman Michael Joyner had to say about the number of shootings last week. The 5 incidents between Wednesday and Saturday of last week sent 9 people to area hospitals. The bloody week has people concerned if the city is doing enough.

Karen Whitmore, a local resident, said "I'm very concerned about the things that are going on in Fort Wayne."

And she has every right to be concerned if the city is doing enough to punish criminals. Her son was dragged to death in 2015 and feels the city could have done more.

"There was not justice really for him. So, I'm not happy at all with Fort Wayne with how they deal with all of these. It's just like the killings just keep going and it doesn't seem to stop," she said of all the crime happening in Fort Wayne.

Richard Pilarski is taking a harder stance, saying "I think that when somebody is caught doing something wrong with a weapon, they ought not just get some type of being at home [as punishment] , I think they should go to jail for five years."

Officer Joyner says the people need to be wary of there surrounds as the bullets that hit the Rousseau Center Saturday morning could have hit someone else, but he believes there's only one tie to the shootings.

"The only tie again is stupidity. I am going to underscore this twice. That's the only tie is just the level of stupidity that has presented itself," said Joyner.

And he's pleading with you to do your part in helping to keep crime down

"We can't be everywhere all the time. It's getting to the point now that as a community if we're going to stop this, we're going to have to work together and if you know individuals who are involved in drugs, gangs, or just carrying a firearm illegally, we need to know this."

If you have any information on a crime, you can call crimestoppers at 260-436-STOP

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