- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka’s police chief says his department will be relentless in searching for those responsible for a recent outbreak of gang-related shootings in a south Topeka neighborhood.

Chief James Brown told City Council members on Tuesday that six people have been arrested in connection with eight recent shooting incidents in the Hi-Crest community.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1Lt73uJ ) reports two of the shootings claimed the lives of a 5-year-old girl and 45-year-old man, but nobody has been arrested for those.

Brown says criminals committed violent acts in the neighborhood, causing others to retaliate. The chief says the perpetrators are “very violent, dangerous individuals who have no regard for human life,” which has him concerned about his officers’ safety.

Mayor Larry Wolgast noted that the shootings haven’t been random situations.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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