Councilmember and Law Enforcement Officials Discuss Gang Activity Prevention

After Wednesday night’s shooting death at Worthing High School, Councilmember Wanda Adams met with school and law enforcement officials to discuss ways to combat gang activity.

Adams says combating these issues will be difficult in the current budget climate.

Wanda Adams speaking with law enforcement officers“The budget, I believe, in various communities and departments and organizations is going to play a vital role. Because I don’t see it getting any better. I’m just going to be honest. And I know, HPD, you all are doing as much as you can, and we get reports on how well that you are doing and things are appearing to get better. But then we have things like this.”

The shootings happened at an unsanctioned powder puff football game, so there was no official police presence. Officer Randall Upton says if the police department had been informed about the gathering, they could have provided protection.

“It would behoove all of us to let us know that it’s happening. Let HISD know. Let someone know. We can get people out there and possibly prevent something like this. But you just can’t take preventive measures when there is no security and no planning.”

One former Worthing student is dead and six others were treated for gunshot wounds in area hospitals after the incident.

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