DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit police Chief Ralph Godbee is planning to put more officers on the streets after a 24-hour period that was packed with gun violence.
Details are still being figured out, but Chief Godbee tells Action News, the increased patrols would be between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., which is typically the department's busiest time period.
From 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 12th to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13th, a total of fifteen people were shot in the city. Six of those victims died. There was a total of nine separate shooting scenes.
Another teen was killed Saturday evening, bringing the two day total to seven dead.
Police say it's possible the 14-year-old victim was playing with a gun given to him by an 18-year-old friend. Detectives are questioning several young people in connection with the incident, including the 18 year-old.
Because of the surge in violence Mayor Dave Bing's office released the following statement:
"Reducing violent crime is our number one priority. Chief Godbee and the men and women of the Detroit Police Department are working around the clock to bring these criminals to justice. Our community must continue to work with us to stop this kind of violence. Every resident deserves to be safe and feel safe in their neighborhood."
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