Mayor and Public Safety Director Answer Questions on Homicide Count

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – With so many shootings recently in Fort Wayne, NewsChannel15 reached out to Mayor Tom Henry. In an exclusive interview, we sat down with him and the director of public safety, Rusty York, to discuss the fact that the homicide count continues to go up.

After another violent weekend, the homicide count is at 41- four away from the all-time record. So we wanted to ask Henry and York what their reaction is. First we asked when do you become alarmed?

“After one. Whether it’s one homicide or a dozen homicides, as the director said, every one bothers us. We take every one as seriously as you could possibly take it,” Henry said.

They told us every homicide has been either gang, domestic or drug related none random. And they’ve long been working to address situations like those before they get to the point of violence.

“We do not wait until a homicide happens until we are trying to figure out who is involved and what exactly occurred,” York said.

Henry thinks there’s no simple answer and ‘it takes a village.’

“It’s very, very complicated. So what we’re trying to do is get as many resources together to create an army if you will of agencies and individuals to try to contain that as much as we can,” he said.

They don’t think we have the same crime rates as bigger cities like Indianapolis or Chicago but that it’s not exactly a good time for the city.

“It hurts me as mayor every time I get a phone call from the police department stating that we have another individual in our community who has lost their life. It hurts our whole community when someone loses their life,” Henry said.