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Alderman speaks out about Verona shooting

For the past three days, residents in Verona have voiced their concerns after a shootout at the Super C convenience store on Raymond Avenue.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 7:21 PM

VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) - For the past three days, residents in Verona have voiced their concerns after a shootout at the Super C convenience store on Raymond Avenue.

They say this is just one of a few shootings that happened in their city over the weekend.

"We've been asking our chief of police for about two weeks now, 'What's going on? What do we need to do?'" said James Brown.

The store is located in Ward 4. Ward 4 Alderman Julian Riley says he is insulted these shooters are referred to as Verona residents.

"We have a lot of people coming in from other towns," added Riley. "They are just as likely to be Tupelo or Aberdeen people as they are Verona."

Riley tells WTVA Super C should share a part of the blame in Sunday morning's shooting for deciding to stay open 24 hours and taking down loitering signs.

"He did not get a permit or permission from the board to do that," said Riley. "Now, if that business were closed at 12, there wouldn't have been young men there after 12 to be doing a shooting."

Our reporter asked the alderman about another shooting on Maddox Road and what could be done if the crime moves to another location if the store is closed.

"There's nothing the city can do about young men getting into arguments and fights." said Riley. "If we could pass an ordinance to stop that, we would have done it a long time ago. The city can do nothing about that. Parents might have some influence, but the city certainly doesn't."

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