Tuscaloosa store owner concerned about violence on, near The Strip

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Mohamed Abdalraouf is concerned by the latest crime near his business just off The Strip in Tuscaloosa.

"Absolutely, it's hurting business," Abdalraouf said.

He's owned a convenience store and tobacco shop for 17 years.

But this is the first time he's feared crime in the area could be keeping some customers away.

"Do you think that scares some people from coming down here spending time and spending money?" we asked him. "Exactly, exactly, that's true 100 percent like I told you," the businessman responded.

Monday, authorities said someone was shot several times Sunday morning during a possible drug deal on 6th Street.

And Wednesday, police asked for the public's help to identify suspects in two separate assaults on The Strip in October.

Abdalraouf wants a bigger police presence on the Strip.

Tuscaloosa Police say they are working to make people feel safer in the area.

"TPD and the University of Alabama Police Department has joined together and they have reassessed the situation and how to handle the area down there," according to police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson.

Officers are now blocking vehicle traffic on the Strip from 10pm to 3am after Alabama home games to better control crowds in the area.

"We need to be in peace and we don't want to hear about any crime or anybody getting hurt or shot," Abdalraouf added.

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