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.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
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).READ MORE: Reports Of Explosions Following 2-Alarm House Fire In Chester
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.MORE NEWS: Police Standoff Ends In Holmesburg With Armed Woman Taken Into Custody
Reported By Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio