Thomasville police: Gun violence is on the rise

Thomasville Gun Assaults

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - In the last week, there have been more than a dozen reported assaults in Thomasville, some even resulting in gunfire.

Thomasville police said too often they see arguments result in violence or gun fire.

Investigators told WALB people need to understand that if you pull the trigger and it hits someone, there will be serious consequences.

Officers said the recent fight that resulted in gun fire at Remington Park very easily could’ve been the first homicide of the year.

Thomasville Police Captain Maurice Holmes said these recent crimes appear to be “crimes of opportunity,” making it difficult for law enforcement to prevent it from happening.

Holmes said the most effective way to minimize these crimes is through education.

“The only thing you can do is try to educate people on the magnitude of a firearm. Those mechanisms have the power to take life and take it immediately. And a lot of people just don’t understand that," said Holmes.

Holmes said it’s crucial for people to realize how reckless is it to resort to gun violence to solve disagreements. He said if they stay educated on the consequences, then maybe crime will decrease.

Police told WALB that if you hear or see violent activity, you should report it. They said it may prevent someone from becoming seriously injured.

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