Seattle mayor on gun violence: 'We have to find a way to move forward'

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 8:18 PM

SEATTLE- Mayor Ed Murray will call a special meeting with the city council to discuss gun violence and ways to improve public safety. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after a deadly shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.

“We can find a way to move forward. It won't be easy. Others have tried and others have failed, but I think we are reaching a point in this nation where we must find a solution we have no choice,” said Mayor Murray.

At a press conference Friday, Mayor Murray said the city needs to work on a plan to reduce the violence. Murray believes police reforms are just part of the solution. Some other ideas include community outreach, improving social services, and more street lights in neighborhoods.

Earlier this week, two men were gunned down in a deadly shooting in Seattle’s Central District. Mayor Murray said the double-homicide and the school shooting are part of a recent wave of violence.

“It’s been a difficult week for the city,” said Mayor Murray.

The mayor hopes to meet with the council in the next couple of weeks.

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