Despite Shootings, Lansing Police Chief, Mayor Say City Is Safe

It's been a busy few days for the Lansing Police Department. Three shootings since Thursday have made sure of that.

Thursday is when the first happened on West Miller Road. Shooting number two saw a 17-year-old boy get shot in the head on South MLK and the third happened Monday night on Maplewood Avenue. Police Chief Mike Yankowski says work to catch those responsible started immediately.

"Whether it's a homicide or not, we're saying these shootings are very important to the Lansing Police Department," said Yankowski. "We're going to hold these people accountable for shooting guns in our city."

It means getting detectives involved right away. At this point, they haven't found a connection between the recent crimes, except that in every case, the suspect and victim knew each other.

Mayor Virg Bernero says that's typical.

"It's a few groups or families that are committing these crimes and the VCI is zeroing in," he said.

The Violent Crime Initiative, or VCI, was announced a few months ago as a crackdown on crimes, just like those from this past week and it's been effective.

"Since May, we've made over 150 arrests, we've taken over 14 handguns and long guns off the street and we've cleared up over 100 cases of our violent offenders," said Yankowski.

Violent crime is down 11 percent compared to last year, but to get rid of it entirely, Mayor Bernero says it'll take the whole community.

"If you're not doing anything illegal, if you conduct yourself carefully, if you choose your friends carefully, you're going to be safe in Lansing," said the mayor.

Rest assured, Lansing Police will be there to help.


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