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Neighborhood President Says More Police Presence Needed

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Lansing police have identified 29-year-old Nicholas Jones as the victim in a fatal new year's day shooting.

It happened shortly after 2am at the Save-On Market. A 20-year-old has been arrested in connection with the shooting and is waiting to be arraigned.

"We are going to be another Flint or Chicago or Jackson after a while," said Genesse Neighborhood Association President Hazel Bethea.

Hazel Bethea says lately she thinks twice about leaving her house, especially at night.

"It's a shame you're afraid to walk out your front door, because you never know what's going to take place," Bethea said.

Tuesday morning's fatal shooting outside the Save On Market on Lansing's north side has hazel concerned about her own safety,she knows there are surveillance cameras in the area, but she says that's not the issue.

"With the amount of police officers we have, those that are on the west side have to go to south side to back them up, so what we really need is more police officers," Bethea said.

"We still have an adequate police force in terms of the numbers," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Mayor Virg Benero says the city is doing all it can, he says right now there are two full time police officers who work on expanding neighborhood watch groups on a regular basis. Bernero adds there are at least 16 officers that consistently patrol neighborhoods, but says the best deterrent to crime is knowing your surroundings.

"The best way you can improve your safety, I don't care if you live in the city, suburb is to know your neighbors and have them know you and look out for each other," Bernero said.

Hazel says more uniformed officers need to be on the look out and that the city should do more than just offer a gun buyback program.

"Guns that are lying around that can get into the hands of criminals, those are the guns we are going to get," Bernero said.

And the mayor is optimistic with the plans already in place from gun buyback to surveillance cameras and patrols, he says Lansing will continue to be a safe city to live both day and night.

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