In response to the violence taking place here in the city, Mayor Steve benjamin issued the following statement:
â??I want to encourage anyone who knows anything about these senseless acts of violence and can help identify those involved to please come forward immediately. With your help, I am confident that Chief Santiago and the Columbia Police Department will find those responsible for these crimes and bring them to justice.
â??Still, I cannot ignore the fact that last nightâ??s incidents are only latest chapters in the all too familiar story here in Columbia and across America. We must do more to combat the scourge of gangs, guns and violent crime.
â??The people of this city are fed up and so am I and it is simply not enough to voice our frustration and outrage. We must act.
"We must implement gang injunctions in our city.
â??We must demand that the revolving door for repeat violent offenders be shut.
â??And we must, as a great community, invest heavily in our youth and programs that help them live up to their God given potential.
â??So let us take this opportunity to stand together and demonstrate to those who would intimidate and divide us with fear that we are one city and one people. From Greenview to Gregg Park, the Colony to Cottontown, we are One Columbia and we are stronger than they could possibly imagine.â??