Officials in Center Point looking for answers after barber shop shooting

CENTER POINT, AL (WBRC) - The shooting at the barber shop is an example of violence that no one wants to see in Center Point.

This includes Mayor Tom Henderson. "We get a lot of stuff that is not ours that is reported as Center Point. We are willing to accept what is happening in our city. We don't want that kind of thing happening," Henderson said.

On Thursday, a representative of the DOJ Diagnostic Center was set to talk to area school principals, the Sheriff's office, and local business officials. They want to hear from all stakeholders in the city to come with recommendations for bringing down crime.

"I'm hoping we can determine what we are doing is good. What we need to do. What more we need to do to help the crime issue, but not just Center Point, but this area," Henderson said.

Center Point officials have said some undesirable elements from Birmingham have moved into their city. Still, Henderson says the city's strides to bring jobs to the area will help.

"I think more jobs will help. I think the industry out there will help. It should raise the value of the homes in the area," Henderson said.

The DOJ Diagnostic Center hopes to make those recommendations in a public event in February. It will be up to the city to determine what steps officials will accept and implement.

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