DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Gun violence on the streets of Dothan for the past few weeks has caused concern for residents.
Less than three weeks ago, a teenager was killed on Galaxie Drive, and just last Sunday, a woman was shot dead while sleeping inside her home on South Lena Drive.
Two other shootings left two people dead, all in a span of a couple of months.
“When we lose a son or a daughter in this city to gun violence, it’s this city’s son or daughter,” Mayor Mark Saliba said.
Now, city leaders are working on solutions to hopefully stop the violence.
A chart showing the statistics of crimes reported and confirmed from previous years demonstrates that firearm assaults increased from 39 in 2019 to 51 in 2020 through this past Tuesday.
Police Chief Steve Parrish said at this rate, 2020 will include more crime than year’s past.
“It stands to reason that there’s certainly been a serious increase in shots fired calls,” Parrish said.
The chief plans to put more cops on the beat at certain times in Dothan’s crime-riddled areas.
“We are going to take a proactive approach,” he said. “There’s a thing in law enforcement that (we) refer to as sectored patrolling. That is where we identify the locations and the times where particular crimes are occurring, and then we saturate those areas with proactive law enforcement.”
Although Parrish said it looks like 2020 could report more crime than last year, it’s important to stress we haven’t hit that mark. Only time will tell if this year could mark a decline in violence.