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BCSO Sheriff Javier Salazar discusses rash of recent shootings on Northeast Side

Mobile command unit set up at FM 78, Walzem Road

SAN ANTONIO – A recent uptick in crime on the Northeast Side has caused the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to set up a mobile command center.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said the mobile unit was set up at FM 78 and Walzem Road over the weekend because of the increase in shootings since the beginning of May.

During the news conference, Salazar listed at least five crimes in the area that involved deadly conduct or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He said in a May 15 incident, a gunman fired multiple shots at a home that had children inside.

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No one was hit in that incident, he said, but the BCSO is trying to prevent further violence or injuries.

“A couple of summers ago we had some issues out here, and we did this,” he said. “We set up a substation here in this very same area.”

“During that time we managed to bring down crime about 20% in the area due to an uptick in our activity.”

He added that there’s a possibility the shootings can be related, but they don’t want to “pin it all on one person.”

The plan is for the unit to be stationed in the parking lot for a couple of weeks.

It is open to anyone who has a tip on any of the crimes. People are also encouraged to submit tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP or BCSO at 210-335-6000.

Salazar added that residents will see an increase in patrol units as well.

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