Springfield mayor addresses string of violence

Homicide investigation at Rice St. and Josephine St. (WDTN photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A fatal double shooting Wednesday evening is one of nearly a dozen violent crimes out of Springfield over the past two months.

The victims are identified as 36-year-old Titus Ford and 33-year-old Bryant Lawson.

The shootings come a week after two separate homicides in the city.

A 26-year-old woman was found dead inside her home and a 25-year-old man shot to death during a robbery.

Warren Copeland, the Mayor of Springfield says it’s connected to our culture which has a plethora of violence in it, especially for young men.

2 NEWS asked him if the crimes are gang related. He wouldn’t use that word, but says people involved are homegrown young men who have formed “groups”.

Copeland says organizations are in place to teach those involved how to choose a life outside of crime, however so far it hasn’t helped.

“What they have been involved with only leads down a negative path, the end results is they arent safe because they hurt or killed someone else, at the end of the day, people on both sides end up dead,” said Copeland.

Copeland says these acts of violence are not random and overall the crime rate in Springfield is decreasing.

2 NEWS reporter, Maytal Levi asked Copeland, “Why do you think, these young men as you referred to them are choosing violence as an answer?”. Copeland responded, “I honestly don’t know, but obviously they are trying to prove their manhood and get back at people they think have disrespected them and it’s leading to a negative result and we want them to know that before they all kill each other.”

The mayor wants the citizens of Springfield to know they are safe, the victims of these shootings know the suspects and are targeted.

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