Ft. Pierce Police step up patrol after fatal shooting spree

By Jana Eschbach bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - The community outcry is something needs to be done. The police in Fort Pierce are out in force. This after 16 year-old Torenda Youngblood was shot four times at his bus stop on North 22nd Street.

Youngblood is the second teen to die in three days. It's the fourth shooting in the neighborhood.

Now, every corner you turn on these violent streets, you see an officer: Thirty on the street, 14 detectives on the cases, and a special sunrise unit to protect kids at bus stops.

"We have additional officers coming in specifically to cover the bus stops in the areas affected by this violence. We absolutley want to make sure this doesn't happen again," said Fort Pierce Police Chief Sean Baldwin. "Anytime you have kids who are dying it is an extreme situation, and something we are concerned about, and we are going to do absolutley everything we can to keep these kids safe."

Meanwhile, the police department is tracing down leads. "They are going to see police officers on bikes, police officers on foot, and even more police officers they don't see - undercover and unmarked cars." Baldwin said, "We are doing absolutley everything we can from a law enforcement response to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Also, they are organizing a community meeting with pastors, police and residents set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the police main station to tackle this problem.