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Mayor Convenes Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement to Stop Shootings

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 10:33 AM CDT
SPRINGFIELD --

Enough is enough. After more than two dozen shootings in and around
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston announces a partnership of local, state
and federal law enforcement to end the gun play.

The
announcement comes just hours after more gunfire erupted, this time on
East Capitol Street Thursday night, where the victim was shot in the
arm.

Houston wouldn't call the group a task force and he
wouldn't even get into the specifics of the plan he says they're
implementing. He'd only say it involves sharing information and
expertise between local, state and federal agencies.

None of the most recent shootings have been fatal but Houston says it's only a matter of time before someone gets killed.

"You're
not talking about firing one shots or two shots. You're talking about
multiple shots and sooner or later a bystander is going to be hit,"
Houston said.

The local, state and federal law
enforcement Houston is calling together includes the F.B.I., the U.S.
Marshal Service and the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

"Because
their assistance and the resources that they can provide are
essential," Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser said.



The group will be sharing information and combining expertise.



"The message is clear: Put down your weapons and stop the violence," Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow said.


Police
say since March the number of shootings in Springfield has climbed into
the double digits. Investigators think more than 20 of the incidents
are related. Police say shots are being fired from the guns of multiple
people, who are members of multiple groups but there are not multiple
streams of information.

"We still needed a little bit
more obviously or we wouldn't be here asking for that help. We have
interviewed several people and we continue to investigate fully,"
Winslow said.

The group vows to come down hard on anyone involved in the crimes.

"Be that providing a vehicle, be that providing a weapon, be that providing ammunition," Houston said.

And
since police say many of those involved are likely teenagers the group
will be asking that any juveniles involved be treated like adults.

If you have any information on any of the shootings we've seen these last few weeks call Crime Stoppers 217-788-8427.

Mayor Convenes Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement to Stop Shootings


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