Police Addressing Recent Surge In Gun Violence

Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander says his department is taking action following a recent surge in gun violence in the city.

According to police, there have been at least 10 gun-related incidents in the city since September 11.

In a press release, Chief Alexander said, “We’re doing this because we must remain vigilant in keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe for all of our citizens, especially during the holidays when everyone
wants to be able to celebrate with family and friends. We’re asking the public to enjoy the holidays and if they see something, to please say something.”

Pensacola Police sent out this rundown and descriptions of the recent gun incidents:

– Around 3:20 a.m. September 11 in the area of West Maxwell and North Baylen streets. Police were called after gunshots were heard. Approximately 21 gun casings were found near the intersection; no injuries reported.

– Around 2:35 a.m. September 24 in the area of North Ninth Avenue and Airport Boulevard. A 32-year-old male told police he was driving southbound on Ninth Avenue when he heard several gunshots. He went to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot in the back of his head.

– Between 9 and 9:10 p.m. October 7 in the 2800 block of North Ninth Avenue. Police were called after gunshots were heard. No injuries were reported.

– Between 5 and 5:30 p.m. October 8 in the 2400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Police were called after gunshots were heard. A 37-year-old male was found on the ground on the southwest side of the 400 block of East Scott Street. He went to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

– Around 7:45 a.m. October 25 in the 6800 block of North Ninth Avenue. Police were called after the body of a 47-year-old male was found outside a business. The man died from a gunshot wound.

– Between 8 and 8:20 a.m. November 20 in the 300 block of North G Street. A 58-year-old male told police he was walking his dogs when a man pointed a gun at him and demanded his money. When the victim began yelling for help, he said the suspect shot him before leaving the area.
– Between 7:20 and 7:30 p.m. November 21 in the 400 block of North DeVilliers Street. Two males ages 26 and 29 were sitting in a vehicle when they were shot and taken to a hospital for treatment. A third male inside the vehicle was not injured.

– Around 10 a.m. November 25 in the area Ninth Avenue and Maxwell Street. Police were called after gun shots were heard. A 29-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound in the area of North Sixth Avenue and East Maxwell Street. The male
was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

– Around 2 a.m. on November 27 in the area of Ninth Avenue and Baars Street. Police received multiple calls of shots being fired in the area of Ninth Avenue and Baars Street. No injuries were reported.

– Between 11:40 p.m. and midnight November 28 in the 1300 block of West Cervantes Street. Two 19-year-old males were taken to a local hospital for treatment after they were shot while sitting inside a vehicle. A 16-year-old male who was in the vehicle was not injured.

Chief Alexander says the department will step up patrols in the areas where the incidents occurred. Officers will also be reaching out to the community and maintain close relationships with the citizens.

Police are asking anyone with information about these recent incidents to give them a call at 850-435-1900 or Crime Stoppers at 433-STOP (7867).

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