Springfield shootings beg question–is city safe?

Two men shot on E. John Street (WDTN photo)
Two men shot on E. John Street (WDTN photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) –It’s an epidemic that’s hitting a community hard.

“It’s just crazy to see that drugs are taking over Springfield,” a woman who didn’t want to be on-camera told us today.
According to residents in the 1000 block of an E. John St. neighborhood–heroin has been trafficked into the same apartment where two people were shot and killed earlier today.
That has us asking questions about if residents feel safe in the city.
“Not right now. No. And you know what was kind of scary is the fact that these walls are so thin and my bedroom is right there,” she said.
Thomas Henry has lived in the same house for 50 years. His home was less than 20 yards away from where the shootings happened.He says he has picked up littered drug paraphernalia from his yard close to where Darren Harmon lived. He wouldn’t be surprised if the murders were related to drugs.

“It may have been. The pieces seem to be fitting together in the puzzle. You know what I mean?” Henry asked.
Henry says he feels safe because he doesn’t associate with violent people.
“It depends on the crowd you hang with. You know, birds of a feather flock together. As long as you’re not hanging out with the people you shouldn’t be with, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Or go hanging with those kind of people,” he said.

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