Cleaning crime from streets near Walmart homicide
Simone Del Rosario
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 25-year-old man, shot several times, shuffled in through the doors of a Midtown Walmart and dropped dead: Right down the street from these Dodge Flower residents.
“How did you feel when you first heard about it?” Nine On Your Side’s Simone Del Rosario asked neighbors.
“Shock. Dismay,” Beverly Van Den Borre responded.
“It's very disheartening,” Barbara Lehmann said. “It makes me sad. But the interesting thing was when I found out it happened and I googled it, there were sites that came up with Walmart shootings throughout
Nine On Your Side googled it as well. One blog counts 21 shootings at Walmarts across the country so far this year. This week's Midtown shooting is at the top of the list.
But it's not just the violence at Walmart that worries these Dodge Flower neighbors, and they believe they have a way to help keep criminals away.
“If you keep the neighborhood clean, they might go to another neighborhood where things are not taken care of as well; where they feel like people aren't watching and they can get away with whatever they want to do,” Lehmann said.
So they tackle the trash and cover up the graffiti every first Saturday of the month.
The efforts are part of
Nine On Your Side reached out to Walmart for a comment on shootings at their stores.
Walmart responded: "Every store puts a lot of focus on security and crime prevention measures. We also partner closely with law enforcement agencies in every community."