NORFOLK—An effort is heating up to increase safety downtown, after last weekend’s shooting on Monticello Avenue.
Downtown Norfolk council leaders are hoping police and downtown businesses can improve communication. The idea comes after two teens were shot outside the Norva during a spring break concert.
The plan is that when entertainment venues have a big event, organizers can notify police.
Granby Theater owner Bobby Wright said that’s a good idea. “We already have great relationships with police. We know most officers by first names. But we don’t always tell them about upcoming events. Improving communication is always a great thing.”
Scotty Quixx General manager Johnny Mallozi is also on board. “It’s all about prevention, and maybe catching something before it happens. I mean it could have happened anywhere, when you have that many people all in one area.”
Downtown Norfolk resident John Scheuren has lived there for four years. "This was an isolated incident. There is a very strong police presence on the streets. I feel utterly safe."
According to our partners at the Virginian Pilot, the Downtown Norfolk council is considering hosting quarterly meetings with entertainment venues and police.