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Incoming Fort Myers Police Chief talks about unsolved mass shootings

Posted at 6:16 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 18:16:00-04
FORT MYERS, Fla.,-In the shadow of two unsolved mass Fort Myers shootings, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs spoke to Fox 4 about how he plans to make the city safer.
 
"When you have violent crime in Fort Myers, it's all of our problems and we have to all work together to try to resolve it," Diggs said.
 
Diggs was among many other city leaders and members of the community that gathered Wednesday in downtown Fort Myers for a community forum.
 
Diggs asked for the community's support in stopping violent crimes in Fort Myers.
 
"Once we improve our relationship with the community, then the crime will go down. But we gotta start building some bridges and improving our relationships with the community," he said.
 
Others law enforcement leaders in attendance were Interim Fort Myers Police Chief Dennis Eads and Cape Coral Police Chief David Newlan. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, expected to be in attendance did not show up. The community forum was put on by Tiger Bay and intended to create discussions that would address concerns about violence. 
 
"I was hoping to hear that we had captured the people that have committed some of the heinous crimes but I didn't hear that. I know that they're still working on it," said Republican State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen. 
 
To those wondering why the Club Blu and Zombicon shooters are still roaming free, Chief Eads spoke confidently that the investigations are both very active and is optimistic that the shooters will be brought to justice.
 
Eads also reminded everyone that community help is crucial in solving these unsolved crimes, calling on people with knowledge to speak out and speak up.