Mobile safety committee meeting held about ongoing gun violence

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Mobile Public Safety Committee met Tuesday to discuss the ongoing gun violence in the city.

Gunshots rang out on Courtney Street Thursday night, hitting and killing a Williamson High School student. His family, not ready to talk to News 5 on camera just yet, but they say they no longer feel safe in their own home.

For several weeks in a row, gun violence in Mobile. On Thursday, Ty’Corey Crawford was shot and killed in his home while playing a video game.

“Every other day there’s another catastrophe,” said Selena Whitney. 

Whitney is from Mobile, she says she has grown frustrated by the amount of violence that she sees in her hometown.

“Very frustrated. I am a Mobile native born and raised here in the city. I went to the University of Alabama and came back home proud, not of this,” said Whitney.

She went to listen to councilmembers, as well as the Public Safety Director and Mobile Police Chief, talk about how to bring down gun violence in the city.

“Far too often, we’re sending one to the graveyard, one to the penitentiary and so it’s not an effort as far as arrest and incarceration go. But changing the environment which acts as an incubator for violent criminal activity,” said James Barber, the Public Safety Director. 

How to change is the pressing question. Last month, Barber announced a bill to change the Alabama Constitution, which would prevent the revolving door of violent offenders committing new crimes while out on bond
    
“Slow the flow of these high capacity guns in our community. Again, we’re almost 1200 of these guns are being taken from mostly unlocked vehicles, that are ending up in the hands of criminals, juveniles and then they’re used in these crime scenes,” said Barber.

Whitney says she’s glad they’re talking about it but wants something done quickly. 

“Let the council people the officials know that it takes more. It takes more.

The council says they will continue to work with the Mobile police department as well as the public safety director to try and keep this city as safe as possible.

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