Philly's top cop urges public to stay vigilant in wake of recent mass shootings

Kristen Johanson
August 05, 2019 - 7:38 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Philadelphia police are urging the public to stay alert if they see something out of place or someone acting strangely — like the suspect charged by prosecutors in Bucks County this weekend. 

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the customer who alerted authorities to the Bucks County man who was buying several rounds of ammunition and asking about Temple University security may have thwarted a mass shooting, and it’s an example of what the public should do.

"Being aware of your surroundings, listening to your instincts, hair on your neck is rising for some reason, something may be telling you that this may not be right and things are out of order. Don’t ignore that," Ross said. 

And take notice to people you interact with daily.

"Their behavior modifications, things that have changed about them." 

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He says cops continuously train to combat active shooter situations — going through different scenarios in schools, religious centers and businesses. And it’s open to anyone who asks.

"If someone want us to access a business or commercial establishment that they have to determine what could we do better to safeguard our employees or patrons, we will come out and do that." 

Ross says it’s heartbreaking and exhausting to continuously have a constant conversation about gun violence.

"You look at it, and your heart just breaks for these families. Man, oh man, just breaks to see this over and over again. It shouldn’t happen in this country."