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‘Show more love than hate’ : Community pushing to stop bloodshed in light of recent violent crime across San Antonio

From a drive-by capturing injuring 4 males at a barbershop to two individuals killed outdoors a bar, residents need to know what’s driving the increase in crime.

SAN ANTONIO — The recent string of violent crime across San Antonio has residents pissed off and questioning what’s occurring.

Donna Watts-Lewis is amongst these curious residents who’s an energetic member of the Southeast Neighborhood Association,

“You know, people don’t fist fight anymore. Their first thing they do is pull out guns,” Watts-Lewis mentioned. “It’s just sad.”

It’s an all-too widespread actuality seen not simply in San Antonio however across the state and nation. The U.S. has eclipsed 6,000-gun deaths to this point in 2022, in accordance to the Gun Violence Archive. The information signifies 414 youngsters had been killed and 344 of the shootings had been defensive in nature.

“Just a horrible world we live in but there are still a lot of great people around and those are the people you want to try to protect,” Watts-Lewis mentioned.

Wednesday’s District 3 public security meeting attracted dozens of residents to have their voices heard on a number of points concerning a range of crime.

“Risky behavior is what drives our violent crime,” mentioned SAPD Chief William McManus, who burdened there are exceptions to what’s contributing to violent offenses across town.

He famous being concerned in gangs, partaking in unlawful drug exercise and solicitation of prostitution, are all potential recipes for potential catastrophe.  

Phyllis Viagran: “We also need you to speak out to your county officials and say hey it’s not okay for people with criminal histories, extensive criminal histories, to get bonded out as quickly as they do,” mentioned Phyllis Viagran, who serves as San Antonio’s District 3 metropolis council member.

Watts-Lewis burdened the significance of neighborhood involvement by attending neighborhood affiliation conferences, getting to know native regulation enforcement, and signing up on the Nextdoor social media app to keep related with fellow neighbors.

“You got good people and bad people everywhere and in order to weed the bad people out, you gotta let the police know who they are. It’s not like you’re snitching or telling on anyone. You’re just trying to live in a safe community,” Watts-Lewis mentioned.

As made obvious this week, violent crime occurs in all areas of San Antonio. Lewis simply hopes there’s a rising neighborhood push to finish the bloodshed.

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