posted on October 24, 2013 16:36
Batavia Police does not believe that recent shots-fired incidents in two city neighborhoods are the work of any organized group.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch, appearing on WBTA’s “Main and Center” program this morning, dismissed the notion that the incidents are gang related.
“Are there people in the city who are affiliated with different groups? There probably are. Do we have on overrunning gang issue within the city? I don’t see that. I don’t believe that to be true,” Heubusch said. “We are still researching that. All the members of the department as well as the task force assist us in indentifying people who might be members of different groups, but it doesn’t appear that there’s an overwhelming issue with gangs in the city.”
City Manager Jason Molino appeared on the same program and said he understands how reports of criminal activity can oppress a community.
He said the best way for neighbors to deal with the problem is through a strategic approach involving stepped up police patrols, increased code enforcement and “…a major component is trying to build the social fabric of those neighborhoods,” Molino said. “The strength in neighborhoods are the neighbors. Individually neighbors are weaker than (when they) collectively come together, work together to promote the assets of that neighborhood and that community.”
Police have issued an arrest warrant for Dashawn Butler in connection with last month’s shots-fired incident on State Street. He remains at-large.