Montgomery Hits Homicide #15, Authorities Vow to be More 'Aggressive'

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By Ashley Thompson

Police are investigating the city's 15th homicide after a shooting left one man dead.

Fredrick Lawson tells us it was his cousin that was killed making his murder the 15th homicide of the year. Lawson tells us he's still trying to cope with the news.

"It's still messing with me because I had just talked to my cousin last week," he says. "He was a good person."

Authorities arrived at the 3800 block of Gaston Avenue where they found 19-year-old Jarvas Terrell Baldwin shot. The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Montgomery Police Detectives have charged 22-year-old Christy Lawson of Montgomery with the murder. She is being held under $75,000 bond.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says he's had it with the reoccurring homicides and says law enforcement will begin applying more pressure on people who are out to do harm

"We've made a decision and we're going to crack down," he says. "We're going to do things that we've not done before because we're not going to have our city be violated like this."

Others are tired of Montgomery being violated by criminals as well as well. Brittany Rieves has lived in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred for the past fifteen years. She says it's time that authorities do more to try to get crime in the city under control.

"I feel like it's a great idea because they need to stop all the violence... the gun violence," says Rieves. "Because people, even young people and babies are getting killed for no reason."

Stopping the killings is something Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy is making a top priority. Murphy says he has a message for those who may have bad intentions.

"We're going to make you're life very uncomfortable," he says. "We're going to be as aggressive as the law allows us to be and that means we're going to step on toes."

Mayor Strange says fifteen homicides in unheard of this early in the year.

"This is not the norm," he says. "This is unusual. Normally we have 30, 31, 32 homicides. We've got fifteen already in the month of March for the year so that's very alarming to us."

An investigation is ongoing but Mayor Strange says authorites are following up on several leads. If you have any information, you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 334-215-STOP. You can remain anonymous.

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