Many of those living on Fifth Avenue in Troy say the red
and blue lights are a welcomed sight because many feel locked in their homes, too
scared to venture out.
"All of a sudden within the last two weeks, three weeks, there
have already been three shootings just on the block alone," said Timothy
After a building at 151 5th Avenue was shot multiple
times Monday night, police have increased patrols and set up a check point,
searching for potential suspects.
"Knowing the community is a little nervous over the
recent events, we've decided to out ourselves out here, to maintain high
visibility to hopefully make the citizens feel a little bit more secure," said
Capt. John Cooney with Troy Police.
Just a few blocks away people a neighborhood watch
meeting in Lansingburgh gave a voice to those concerned about violent trends in
"It's happening more and more, as far as we're concerned,"
said John Cubit.
Cubit says his son lives around the stretch of 5th
Avenue in Troy, and he's worried for his safety.
Police say the recent shootings have them speaking with a
number of people, determined to catch those responsible.
"We are bringing in people basically by the hour that
will add to our intelligence base and hopefully crest leads for us to follow,"
said Cpt. Cooney.
For people living in the area, the sight of officers on
foot is a relief.
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