PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Darby Borough, Delaware County is under a State of Emergency due to a recent uptick of gun violence.
Five shootings in three days led to the announcement Friday night.
Mayor Helen Thomas announced the state of emergency telling residents the gun violence had to stop.
“I Mayor Helen R Thomas declare a state of emergency.”
Officials say the shootings were not fatal and they seem unrelated, but something had to be done to curb the violence (see related story).
An 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in effect for adults and juveniles for at least 10 days.
Anyone outside during that time can be stopped and questioned by police, though Police Chief Bob Smythe says they’re more concerned about groups loitering or causing trouble.
“You’re in a group of more than three people and you are causing a disturbance. You’re going to be stopped and you’re going to be cited,” says Smythe.
A larger police presence is expected on the streets and Mayor Thomas says after the 10 days, officials will re-evaluate and go from there.
Reported By Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio