HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hours after the shooting on the 800 block on Edwards Street, Mayor DuPree called a news conference to discuss the crime in the City of Hattiesburg.
Mayor DuPuree said crime does not pay in this city. He voiced that citizens are safe in this city, but he also has a message for those that are even considering committing a crime.
"This is not the kind of place to commit crimes. We will find you and we will prosecute you and we will make sure that you do not do this again anywhere else," said Dupree. "If you are considering doing this and I know that it is the holiday season. You may be a little short on cash. I know that there may be some that are stressed out mentally, physically, spiritually, and financial, but robbing stealing, maiming, and/or hurting people is not the way to do it. Doing it in Hattiebsurg is not the city to do it in."
DuPree continued to say that he wants the citizens to remain vigilant and aware of their valuables during the holiday season. He said that the Hattiesburg Police Department is working hard to find every person that commits a crime.
"If you look at our police department. They are a terrific group of young men and women that take their job seriously," said Dupree. "They don't stop until they get the person that has committed the crime."
Dupree said that the partnership between administration, the police department, and the community is how crimes are solved.
"One of the biggest parts is the community that is vigilant and keeps a watch on what's going on in the community." Said Dupree.
At the end of the press conference he reiterated his beginning statement.
"Hattiesburg, Mississippi is not the place to commit a crime. We will find you and we will prosecute you and that word needs to go out." said DuPree.