Acting Tampa Police Chief to Host Community Forum following recent gun violence
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Gun violence in Tampa prompts the acting police chief to take action.
Acting Chief Ruben Delgado is hosting a community forum on December 28 to discuss solutions on how to tackle gun violence in the city. Chief Delgado will speak about what the ministry is doing and the new initiatives it is putting in place to help tackle the problem.
Patricia Brown will also be speaking at the forum. Brown lost his son Devante to gun violence last March. The police still haven’t arrested anyone for his murder.
“You can get rid of a headache, but that pain here will never get better,” Brown said. “It’s getting out of hand, it’s too much.”
After losing his son, Brown started “Rise Up For Peace,” an organization of other parents who lost children, nieces and nephews to gun violence. Now they are fighting the problem, while trying to give other parents hope. They say no solution or idea is too big.
“We are a village and a community and it will take the adults to rise up, there is no failure going on,” said Johnnie Johnson. “We will need in this community to fix this problem. “
The forum will come after a violent month in Tampa.
On November 23, a 13-year-old boy was shot dead near the Lee Davis Community Center. He died a few days later. On December 1, a 21-year-old woman was shot dead while in a car in the West Grace Street and North Delaware Avenue neighborhood, she also died a few days later.
Police said there was a shooting at Skyway Park last Saturday, five people were shot Sunday on Alaska Avenue, three others were shot Wednesday in the 3800 block of N. Avon and a another man was shot dead Thursday morning near East Chelsea and North Englewood Street.
The Community Forum will be held on Tuesday, December 28 at the Jackson Heights YET Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.