Police, Crime Stoppers Setup At Mall Amid 2 Shooting Investigations

In February, 33-year-old Westley Tyler Tugman was shot outside the mall and later died in the hospital from his injuries.  Then in May, police say 34-year-old Sherrod Maurice Crum was shot and killed in the same parking lot.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro Police and Greensboro/Guilford County Crime Stoppers set up at the Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro for Public Safety Day Wednesday.

Community Relations Officer Greg Kiser says they want to make sure people at the mall feel safe - and adds that crime is actually down.

This comes amid two fatal shooting investigations at the mall this year - both are unsolved. 

In February, 33-year-old Westley Tyler Tugman was shot outside the mall and later died in the hospital from his injuries.  Then in May, police say 34-year-old Sherrod Maurice Crum was shot and killed in the same parking lot.

Greensboro Police released security camera footage in both cases, but still have not made any arrests.

Despite that, police say overall crime at the mall is down 31% compared to this point last year.

"Overall, things actually are improving here and we want to keep with that trend," explains Community Relations Officer Greg Kiser.
 
That includes shoplifting, car break-ins, fraud, hit and runs, even violent crime, although police say the two shootings at the mall this year are unusual.
 
"It's a tragedy wherever it happens," Kiser explains.  "We're just really trying to get the message out that overall crime has dropped." 
 
He says GPD has 'adopted' the Four Seasons neighborhood for the month of June and are working with employees, mall security and management to make sure it's as safe as it can be.
 
'Were looking at things like lighting out here in the parking lot in the night time just to make it a little bit safer." 
 
Kiser says there will be a "Coffee With A Cop" Event June 29th at the mall food court from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Community members are welcome to stop by and talk with police officers.

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If you have information regarding either shooting, you can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.

 

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