The Reno Police Department (RPD) announced today that it is stepping up its presence and outreach in north Reno after a series of violent crimes in the area.
“Since December 6, 2015, the neighborhood surrounding Pat Baker Park has seen an increase in violent crimes resulting in death investigations and an occupied vehicle and residence being struck by bullets,” police said in a statement.
On December 6, 2015 a 19-year-old female was shot and killed at a residence on Fife Drive. A person of interest has been identified in the shooting.
On December 8, police responded to shots fired into an occupied vehicle on Bishop Street. A small child was almost hit by bullets. Police are asking for the help in looking for the suspects in this case and information about a dark colored car or older white Honda sedan that was involved.
A 16-year-old male was shot in the head after being robbed on December 29. Police arrested the suspect in that case, a 15-year-old.
These cases do not appear to be gang related, police added.
“As a result of the increased violence, Community Action Officers with the Reno Police Department, City Officials, Community Leaders and Community Resource groups will be contacting residents to address their concerns, gather information, and assist them by providing safety tips. This will give the Reno Police Department an opportunity to provide information and gather ideas from the community to reduce crime occurring in their neighborhood, and provide them with valuable information and resources. The event will begin at 10:00 am at Pat Bat Baker Park located at 1910 Bishop Street.”
RPD conducts Neighborhood Contact Teams when there is a major incident or there is an increase in crime. It is hoped that a community-oriented approach to policing will help prevent and reduce crime.