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Flagler County shooting prompts police to use new strategies

Another shooting in Bunnell forces the new police chief to strategize to end the violence. No one was injured on Tuesday afternoon when shots were fired on East Booe Street in the same area where teenagers were killed in separate incidents in January and again earlier this month. “I just know that every time I hear a shooting, I’m going to call,” said a 911 caller. dozen shots were fired near East Booe and South Cherry. “Didn’t see anyone but heard the shots,” said a 911 caller. It appears no one was hurt, but Chief Dave Brannon – who spoke to us by phone because he’s in Washington for National Police Week – said he believed at least two people were involved. A person linked to the case, Earnest Watson, 26, was arrested on Wednesday evening. A few days ago, Keymarion Hall, a 16-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by about a block from Tuesday’s roll call. In January, another Flagler Palm Coast student, 16-year-old Noah Smith, was killed in the same area in similar circumstances. citizens who need to be repaired. “When something serious happens, we need community support from the police to share with us what really happened and point us in the right direction,” Brannon said. To get there, Brannon said they’re increasing visibility but also working to build relationships. Its officers are encouraged to interact with residents and children. They recently pulled out all the stops for a child’s birthday celebration. Brannon thinks familiarity could break down the walls, so starting next week, here’s the plan. “Having two dedicated officers working regularly on the south end of Bunnell,” Brannon said. City officials are also working to upgrade or replace a network of 14 security cameras in the area. Brannon says his agency is also working on a “We Love Bunnell” campaign, inviting community members, church groups and volunteers to help physically clean up the area. . There is an organizational meeting on May 19.

Another shooting in Bunnell forces the new police chief to strategize to end the violence.

No one was injured on Tuesday afternoon when shots were fired on East Booe Street in the same area where teenagers were killed in separate incidents in January and again earlier this month.

“I just know that every time I hear a shooting, I’m going to call,” said a 911 caller.

Residents of South Bunnell have often had to call the police – most recently on Tuesday afternoon when half a dozen shots were fired near East Booe and South Cherry.

“Didn’t see anyone but heard gunshots,” a 911 caller said.

It appears no one was injured, but Chief Dave Brannon – who spoke to us by phone because he is in Washington for National Police Week – said he believed at least two people were involved.

A person linked to the case, Earnest Watson, 26, was arrested on Wednesday evening.

There was some type of altercation that happened on the street, which is possibly drug related based on the evidence found at the crime scene.

Just over a week ago, a 16-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, Keymarion Hall, was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by about a block from the call of tuesday.

In January, another Flagler Palm Coast student, 16-year-old Noah Smith, was killed in the same area in similar circumstances.

Police said they don’t know if the shootings were connected, but Brannon told us there was a disconnect between law enforcement and citizens that needed to be addressed.

“When something serious happens, we need community support from the police to share with us what really happened and point us in the right direction,” Brannon said.

To get there, Brannon said they’re increasing visibility but also working to build relationships.

Its officers are encouraged to interact with residents and children.

They recently pulled out all the stops to celebrate a child’s birthday.

Brannon thinks familiarity could break down walls, so starting next week, here’s the plan.

“To have two dedicated agents working regularly in South Bunnell,” Brannon said.

City officials are also working to upgrade or replace a network of 14 security cameras in the area.

Brannon says his agency is also working on a “We Love Bunnell” campaign, inviting community members, church groups and volunteers to help physically clean up the area.

There is an organizational meeting on May 19.