Texarkana police want community to help end gun violence among minors on the streets

TECHARCANA, AR (KTAL/KMSS) — The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department says communities on both sides of the state line have suffered losses as a result of gun violence and senseless rivalry that has torn the city apart and cost young lives.

The police want the community to work together to overcome obstacles and be free from violence on the streets of the city.

The incident, which took place at 1:40 a.m. after Christmas on Vernal and Hayes streets, is currently under investigation. When the police arrived, there were over sixty shell casings outside. Police in Texarkana, Arkansas, are asking for help from residents of the area in finding the minors who committed these acts of violence and the weapons that may have been involved. The police would also like to know why urban youth are walking so late at night and if parents know their children have guns.

“We need the help of our community,” wrote Corporal Les Mann, public relations officer for the Texarkana Police Department. “The entire human community must engage with children so that these children grow up in a safe and healthy environment,” Mann said in a press release on juvenile gun violence.

Mann also noted that juvenile delinquency in Texarkana has become increasingly violent in the past year, with youths shooting at each other on both sides of the state line.

Those with information about the recent violence are asked to contact Detective Corvette Phillips of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit. Call Detective Phillips at (903) 798-3154 or email him at [email protected]

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