Lancaster officials talk about recent violence

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – City police on Friday announced their most recent arrest in connection to a recent stretch of violence in the city.

While announcing the arrest, officials said the violence won’t be tolerated.

“What occurred in the last week or so is not common in the City of Lancaster and it will never become common,” Mayor Rick Gray said.

Starting last Thursday with an incident in the 200 block of Juniata Street, there have been at least eight shootings. Two people have been injured.

“People that engage in this kind of activity just don’t say ‘you know, I am going to shoot up a house today and I’ll never do it again’,” police Chief Keith Sadler said.

Sadler said with Friday’s arrest, a total of five people have been arrested in connection to the shootings. He said tips from people on the street played huge roles in the arrests.

“The people that usually don’t cooperate with us are usually involved in criminal activities themselves,” he said.

Investigators have promised increased steps to solve the other crimes, and Gray repeated his long-standing and tough approach on gun violence.

“If you illegally possess a firearm in the City of Lancaster, not use it but possess it illegally, in my opinion there should be strenuous penalties applied to you,” he said.

Officials said they are also getting the help of federal officials to solve the crimes.

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