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Three Weekend Shootings Downtown a Serious Concern for Dover

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - There were three shootings over the weekend in downtown Dover. Two of them were right in the central business district - on Loockerman Street near State Street and Bradford Street near Loockerman Street. The other was on Fulton Street near Queen Street.

It's serious for a city trying very hard to revitalize the area.

Vlad Isaev has worked in Dover for a while and just officially moved to town. He says it's concerning for people who come downtown.

"I think that definitely makes it less safe and less attractive to people," Isaev said. "That's obvious - three shootings in one weekend in a very small area that's supposed to be the downtown of a capital. That's too much."

Mayor Robin Christiansen agrees it's too much. He met with police Monday morning. He says a big part of turning around downtown Dover is making sure people are safe while there.

"There's already a perception in our community that the downtown area is not safe," Christiansen said. "This just backs up what people have been say although we are making every effort to make sure the downtown and the surrounding area in Dover are safe."

Dover has been working to improve safety in downtown. Just recently city council approved adding 12 new surveillance cameras to the 35 Dover already has downtown. The list of locations for cameras includes one right where the Fulton Street shooting happened.

Weekends in downtown Dover are actually calmer now than they used to be. Police say officers frequently found themselves outside the now-closed Loockerman Exchange as people left for the night.

Mayor Christiansen says preventing violent crime downtown is not just a safety issue; it's an economic one. Last week Dover applied to the state to have the area designated a Downtown Development District. Millions of dollars in investment could come with that designation.

"We are going to have a safe downtown. And we are going to revitalize the downtown area. We are not going to allow anyone to interfere with those efforts," said Christiansen.

The three shootings had a total of three victims. Each had non-life threatening injuries.


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