HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Just days after police publicized their plan to take back the streets and bring more safety to neighborhoods, five men were shot in one night. Two of them died.
"It's been a lot of violence out here," said Hampton resident Shena Taft.
Hampton residents are well aware of the recent violence in their city.
"I don't even let my son play out here," added resident Sherall Johnson.
Others are fine during the day, but many are too scared to come out after dark.
Earlier this week WAVY.com was with the Hampton Police Division as it rolled out a new safety campaign. The plan is to park their mobile command center in neighborhoods and allow residents to stop by and voice concerns. But what concerns residents is that this week the command center shutdown before sunset.
"It's helping, we do feel safe," Taft said. "I would prefer if they came at a later time, as in night time."
Police told WAVY.com even if the command center is un-manned, the area has been flooded with officers riding around. Everyone who has a badge -- even those who don't normally patrol the streets -- has now been asked to be out in the neighborhoods and on the streets.
"I don't think that violence is happening from the people that live here," Johnson added. "It's the people that come around here."
Johnson was born and raised in Hampton. She can't understand why the crime is getting worse.
"I don't know what's changing," Johnson said.
Hampton Police can't put on finger on it either. They have said that out of the 15 homicides this year, 12 of the victims knew the suspects. Also, half of the 15 cases have either been gang or drug related.
Police plan to reach out to other nearby police departments to see if there are extra officers who could be brought in to help patrol Hampton Streets.
You can count on 10 On Your Side to keep you updated on Hampton crime and police presence.
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