TPD investigators work around the clock following six shootings

TPD investigators work around the clock following six shootings
TPD investigators work around the clock following six shootings
Posted at 4:06 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 13:55:56-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - With six shootings in Tallahassee since Friday, many of you have shared frustrations and concerns over crime in the Capital City.

There were two shootings early Friday morning, two more on Saturday and two others early Sunday morning.

There's been a total of eight victims including one who was killed and three in critical condition.

Tallahassee Police and the Leon County Sheriff's Office are investigating each one these, which have prompted local leaders to call on the community to help report crime.

Chief Michael DeLeo says the department has been working around the clock on each investigation, including the shooting on the 1500 block of Crescent Hills Drive where 28-year-old Alfred Johnson was shot and killed.

This would be the first of six shootings over the course of three days.

The chief says TPD has made several efforts to crack down on crime on the community level, with different programs to promote public safety and to reach out to disconnected youth.

DeLeo says though it looks like crime is on the rise, that's not the case. He says violent crime is down from 2015 and there have been just 11 murders investigated by TPD this year. In three other cases, DeLeo says the homicides weren't criminal in nature.

Regardless, he says stopping and reporting crime continue to be top priorities. 

"We had 4 to 5 weeks over the summer when we had almost no shootings, and we had no murders," said Chief DeLeo. "Unfortunately, then we just get a little cluster, and everyone is, 'Oh, my goodness.' It's important that people are concerned and informed, and I think we're doing a better job about keeping people informed than we did in the past, but we shouldn't panic."

DeLeo says the weekend's violence is not random, saying that in most cases the victim knew the suspect and that people need to speak up and report what they know in order to help solve these cases faster.