Tuscaloosa mayor talks juvenile curfew enforcement

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham after being shot in Tuscaloosa early Sunday morning.

Officers from the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes unit arrested 22-year-old Jeremy Hines and 21-year-old Johnathan Cook Sunday afternoon, charging them both with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. The pair are accused of shooting the victim on University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa. Police have not given any details about a motive.

Pastor David Gay is calling for an end to violence in Tuscaloosa. Gay is the pastor of Beulah Missionary Baptist in west Tuscaloosa.

Well I think it takes all of us and, I think it’s going to have to be a combined effort, I don’t think it will be one single thing alone will be the answer. But it will be a combined curfew effort…and I have to get more involved in the community as a pastor and get outside those walls and help my community.

David Gay

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson says between April 30 and July 10 17 people in the city were shot, and two of the victims died.

“Its just senseless and there was no need for what happened Sunday morning to the young lady that was shot. The individual that did it had no reason to do it. So hopefully we can send him somewhere where he won’t be out here as a threat to the community for a long time,” said Anderson.

Earlier this summer Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox asked the police to step up their curfew enforcement for juveniles. Teenagers 17 and younger cannot be on the streets from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. in the morning.

“The parents are held accountable; they can be fined up to $500, and they will have to go before the municipal court and go before Judge McKinney. And the judge has discretion on how he implements the consequences,” Maddox said.

The curfew law for juveniles has been on the books in Tuscaloosa since 2011.

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