Violence On City Streets

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

It can happen in an instant, and it's happened a lot here recently.

"It's evident that over the past weekend we have seen an increase," Lt. Noel Garcia of the Lansing Police Department explains.

Shootings, beatings and all out violence has plagued the streets of South Lansing for the past couple of days.

First, last Sunday on Edgewood Blvd, a 66 year-old was beat close to death in an apartment complex's parking lot.

Then just a few days later, the party store on Edgewood gets shot up and a seven year-old is shot just a few streets away.

The most recent shooting happened just feet away from Averill Elementary-- leaving parents who live close, looking to get out of South Lansing.

"I've discussed moving, but this economy doesn't make it real easy for me to put my house up for sale," South Lansing resident, Destiny Hauk says.

She has five kids and has lived in this neighborhood for ten years. Her home sits right in the middle of every crime that's happened in the past week.

"My kids are right here, something could happen," Hauk says.

So are these crimes out of the ordinary? No says Lt. Noel Garcia of the Lansing Police Department.

"I mean we see some areas that get active sometimes and others that you know aren't," Garcia says.

And the reason behind it, mother nature. Lt. Garcia says when it's warm, more people are out in turn allowing for more disagreements leading to violence, and the only thing you can do to prevent it is keep your eyes open.

"If you haven't been with a Neighborhood Watch organization, get involved," Garcia suggests.

Something Hauk is doing, but it's still not enough she says from having a lot of sleepless nights.


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