STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Earlier this week, Starkville officers responded to a shooting that ended in two deaths.
City leaders in Starkville took action after the fatal shooting to bring safety to the neighborhood.
Henry Vaughn Sr. is Board of Alderman for Ward Seven.
He's also a relative of one of the victims from Wednesday's shooting.
He said it's sad that it took a fatal incident to make a change, but he feels it's vital to create a life for kids in the area.
“I want them to grow up and be a child and be able to say they lived a child life," said Vaughn. "The rate they’re going now, we’ll lose a whole generation."
To make these streets safer, city leaders teamed with the Starkville Police Department to mount surveillance cameras in the area.
Chief of Police Mark Ballard said the cameras have played a major role in solving crimes in the areas across the city.
“The police cannot be everywhere at all times," he explained. "When you’ve got areas where you have higher calls for service, higher crimes, it’s proven that by embracing technology it has a great effect upon reducing crime.”
The police department currently has nearly 50 cameras monitoring the streets of Starkville.
After the events this week, Starkville mayor, Lynn Spruill, made sure to add a camera on Pilcher as quickly as possible.
“When you have a place that needs to have some attention right now, then right now is what we do," said Mayor Spruill. "We’re getting it done."
By 3:30 P.M. Friday afternoon, the camera was up and running.
Vaughn said he hopes the technology will make a difference for the kids.
“I just would like to see them get their kids more involved so they can feel like they’re going to be somebody someday," he said, "instead of being locked in all the time.”
The camera system currently in place is only temporary. When officers receive a newer camera, they'll mount it permanently on Pilcher Street.