San Antonio city leaders discuss crime prevention
Less than 2 weeks after a deadly drive by shooting, a crime prevention discussion was held Saturday afternoon on San Antonio’s north side.
A panel including District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino, a member of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, and a representative from the District Attorney’s Office were all on hand.
"I still have fears myself,” said concerned resident Rey Cantu. “I have to lock my door and be aware, stuff like that. There's a lot of insanity."
On Thanksgiving, 10-year-old Delilah Hernandez was killed from a drive by shooting. Authorities believe the shooting was gang related.
"If I lived next to some of these houses, that my neighbors live next to, I’d definitely be worried about that,” said north side resident Kim Hubbeling.
Just hours after the accused gunman was arrested Thursday night, Police Chief McManus says he saw the suspect get released on bond Friday afternoon.
“You've got an individual, who's charged with shooting a 10-year-old,” said Chief McManus. “From 10PM the night before, until 1PM or so the next day, and he's getting out of jail. People would be very angry to know that, and I’m angry about it as well."
The event also included other topics. In particular, many people discussed the homeless population, and the use of illegal drugs throughout the community.
"There's still a lot of crime here, and the drug situation is still real serious,” said Cantu. “People need to do some type of intervention with kids.”
Councilman Trevino vaguely discussed plans of a possible police sub-station to be added on San Antonio’s north side to decrease crime.
"We're in it together, “said Councilman Trevino. “We want to work together. Neighbors helping neighbors, helping SAPD, so we can have a better and safer community here in San Antonio.”