Evangelous: Gun shots down half way through cease fire

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington is half-way through the cease fire clergy called from in June to stop gun violence in the Port City.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the city has seen a decline in violence. He hopes that trend continues.

WPD says despite reports of two shots last night on N. 10th St., gun shots dropped by almost half in July as compared to June, but Chief Evengelous didn't know the specific number of shots that had been fired the last two months. He attributes the decrease to "Operation Tranquility" and the 90-day cease fire request by local clergy.

The department says officers have seized 33 guns and made 101 arrests since the operation started.

Although Chief Evangelous says it's going better than he expected, he thinks gun violence could increase once some of the key criminals are back on the streets.

"We have got to see where we are when these are released back on the community, which will happen, which will be in the foreseeable future," Evangelous said.

Looking ahead on August 24, Evangelous hopes the gun buy back program organized by local businesses will help take more guns off the streets.

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While I ride the locals about the "cease fire", I seriously hope it works. However, I wonder if there is a shell game going on to make this a self fulfilling prophecy. Change a shots fired call to a disturbance, assault or other type call that doesn't reflect the fact that a firearm was actually involved. Remember, in our bureaucratic system, if it is not on paper, it never happened. This game is played constantly by government and people dealing with the government.
I'm not saying it is happening here, but just be aware of how the game is played.

The prisons are packed, and the police are doing all they can. They are arresting these violent felons, several times each.

What we need to do is bring back the death penalty. And stop building housing projects. This is what happens when tax dollars pay 3rd generation 16 year old girls, on welfare, to get pregnant, out of wedlock. It creates a circular trap for these girls, their children, and the inner city. And it breeds violent crime.

Agree

What about other crime, is it way down too? NOT

"but Chief Evengelous didn't know the specific number of shots that had been fired the last two months."

Shotspotter can give detailed reports as to where, when and how many shots were recorded. He doesn't want to release that information because it would just add to his pile of incompetence.

The number of shots fired were 6,342 before the cease fire. Divide that by 2...then add back how many have been fired since the report/interview was given out...and you are right back to 6,342 :-(

Seems to be the epitome of double speak:
"gun shots dropped by almost half in July as compared to June, but Chief Evengelous didn't know the specific number of shots that had been fired the last two months."
If you don't know the specific number of shots how do you know it dropped by almost half Chief?

Then there's this:
"Evangelous hopes the gun buy back program organized by local businesses will help take more guns off the streets."

I know we are all frustrated by the ownership and use of weapons by repeat felons - but Evangelous then showed us what part of the problem is:
"Although Chief Evangelous says it's going better than he expected, he thinks gun violence could increase once some of the key criminals are back on the streets."

Chief E? You are partially correct. Light sentencing is part of the problem. Police work is another part of the problem but IMHO thats less a problem in Wilmington than in most cities.
The third part? Is the legislature that proposes, and passes laws. I'm all for laws like 3 strikes you're out, mandatory tough sentencing and all of that.
But unless there is effort from all 3 sides then all of Chief E's bluster will be for naught....

Vog

So, the Chief goes to the press conference and withholds the key piece of information that can be used to quantify this so called "cease fire."

And you guys in the press are good with this?

I miss Chad Adams.