Reedley is a city that prides itself as a relatively tranquil community that carries a small-town feel. But the three shooting incidents in east Reedley in the past two weeks have dealt a sobering dose of reality that we all encounter in today’s society.

The Reedley Police Department’s method of targeted policing recently has heated up in a specific target area – along Springfield Avenue and surrounding blocks between East and Buttonwillow avenues. There have been three separate shooting incidents that resulted in three people wounded and one person dead — in that case, by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was especially rough on April 6, when two of the shootings occurred just hours apart.

As always, the biggest factor police have to work through while investigating these shootings is the general silence and lack of information from witnesses who may have seen any of these incidents. And that’s usually the case with shootings that likely are gang-related.

We commend the police’s efforts to bring the problem under control. And as always, the police ask and encourage the community to speak out or provide vital information anonymously. There are tip lines, Crime Stoppers and other methods of communication, some of which can be lucrative to the witness.

Cooperation is vital to help ease this problem, one that plagues most cities. If you know something, do the right thing.

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On a much happier note, the city welcomed a positive milestone on April 3 when the new Reedley Middle College High School campus facility had a formal grand opening and ribbon cutting.

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