Old Town patrons hope increased police presence will keep them safe

Old Town patrons at Heroes

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WICHITA, Kansas – Jordan Black grabbed some dinner Monday night at Heroes in Old Town right before the game.

Over the weekend, a couple of his friends didn’t want to join him concerned for their safety after a shooting nearly a week ago.

Black is hoping an increased police presence in Old Town will help change people’s mind about the city’s entertainment district.

“I believe the police being down here is a great thing. I really do, and I hope that things start changing because it is Wichita. It’s not LA. We shouldn’t be scared to go out in Wichita,” said Black.

Over the weekend, video surfaced on YouTube showing the shooting after an anonymous source tipped off a local DJ who put the clip online.

Police still haven’t had a chance to talk to the person who shot the video and are hoping he’s brave enough to come forward.

“One person is dead, and six people were injured. This is an important investigation, and people need to step forward and provide us with information,” said Capt. Brent Allred, Wichita Police Department.

On the weekends now in Old Town, police say they’re upping the number of both on and off duty cops patrolling the district.

A helicopter will also take to the skies, and traffic will be rerouted in the area to prevent cruising.

“At the end of the day, we all have a responsibility and an obligation to help those families that lost a loved one as a result of violence,” said Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams.

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