Violent crime rattled some Topeka neighborhoods over the Easter weekend... including Monday morning. The incidents have many Topekans wondering if crime is on the rise in the capital city.
Even though it may seem shootings are taking place more often than not....crime in the capital city has been steady when compared to other years. The main concern for authorities is the easy access to weapons the youth of Topeka has.
Topeka Police Officer Captain Stanley says, "During spring and summer seasons people start to gather outside ..you'll see larger gatherings. Theres more of a chance of rival possibilities to clash and events to occur."
Which leaves authorities in a rut when it comes to the access people have to weapons.
Captain Stanley says, "Unfortuantely too easy in America to acquire a handgun or gun. At gun shows all you have to do is fill out a form, they check that you are not a felon and that's it you can walk out. Also, no registered mandate."
This time last year there was one homicide in the capital city. This year there have been 3. With other crimes down significantly.
One shooting this weekend that resulted in the death of 22 year old Forrest Sanders has been officially ruled a homicide...both vehicles from the incident have been recovered and there are 20 leads and 3 warrants in the case.
If you have any information on any crimes call crimestoppers anonymously that number is 785-234- 0007.