Recent violence prompts town hall in Crown Heights

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Elected officials and community leaders in Crown Heights called for an emergency town hall Wednesday in response to recent violence in the neighborhood.

Anti-violence groups and police officials were among those on hand at Kol Israel Synagogue to calm any lingering fears from the neighborhood’s recent shootings and to come up with ways to address them.

A panel of speakers denounced the violence and advocated for policies targeting the root of the issue, including better education and relations with authority figures.

Earlier this month, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot on Franklin Avenue. Bullets continued flying a day later when two more men were shot along St. Marks Avenue.

A 30-year-old man was arrested and charged in the St. Marks Avenue shooting.

No arrests have been made in the Franklin Avenue shooting. The victim's wake service was held at the same time as Wednesday's town hall.

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