Yesterday's shooting is also drawing the attention of City officials who have something different to say about crime in Jarvis plaza. Our Annette Garcia spoke with City Council member Cindy Liendo Espinoza who says the problems haven't gone unnoticed. Espinoza says crime is seen almost anywhere, every city and every part of town. And while it’s not good, it doesn't mean police aren't already keeping a close watch on the area. One day after a man is gunned down in broad daylight, all eyes are on Jarvis plaza. The incident, some say, was bound to happen all because the City hasn't done enough to keep crime out of downtown. “When something like this happens, you’re going to get that reaction because it's so fresh and it's so unfortunate.”
Espinosa says in recent months more patrols on bikes and segways have been added to district five. “The protection is there.” According to police records, there have been at least one hundred reports made in the Jarvis area so far this year but most are minor. In fact only two are for assault. Authorities say the majority of calls are self-initiated meaning one of the 15 officers in the district is the one who sees the suspicious activity and decides to investigate. The calls, police say are usually not serious. So could have Thursday's murder been prevented? Councilwoman Espinoza says they're doing everything they can to prevent future incidents. “We hate to see crime happening in our community but unfortunately it's something that is occurring. I do feel the police dept is doing the best they can and are trying to have as much presence there as they can.” Laredo police say besides the 15 officers on rotation assigned for district 5, officers from neighboring downtown districts are also on the lookout for suspicious activity.