Toledo police chief responds to increased violence

Toledo police chief responds to increased violence
(Source: WTOL)

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Since Sunday, Toledo police opened investigations into at least six incidents involving gun violence. Of those incidents, eight people received some sort of gunshot wound. Three of the eight are dead.

The latest shooting took the lives of two recent high school graduates in south Toledo. The shootings marked the 34th homicide investigation in 2017 in Toledo. Toledo Police Chief George Kral says it is time for the violence to stop.

In a statement released on Facebook Wednesday, Chief Kral said police and the community must work together to fight back against the violence.

"Toledo Police have and continue to make concerted efforts to work with our state and federal partners to target violent offenders," Chief Kral said in his statement. With that said, this is a community problem that cannot be solved without community action."

He encouraged community members to get involved in block watch programs or similar organizations. Chief Kral also encouraged community members to get involved in stopping at-risk youths from becoming violent offenders by getting involved in mentoring programs.

Despite the recent increase in shooting, Chief Kral says the overall crime numbers and violent crime incidents are down from 2015 and 2016. He also assured residents police are continuing to target problem areas in the city and confiscate weapons from violent offenders.

The full statement says:

As many of you know, the City of Toledo experienced an increase in senseless violence during the last few days. The tragic, cold-blooded double homicide of Gregory Stone and Deiyana Porter yesterday leaves family members mourning and raises concern throughout the neighborhood.

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