Police beef up downtown presence after shooting last weekend

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police are beefing up patrols and adding four more officers downtown after a violent shooting last weekend where one man was killed and four were injured.

"Knowing that there are extra police officers always makes, not just me, but anybody feel safer," said Jessica Borgione, manager of The Worx Bistro.

Borgione works just a few doors down from where the shooting broke out and says the extra protection is a good thing.

"I think it's great," she said. "It shows how the police and everybody else around are taking this matter very seriously."

Borgione says the violence last weekend is rare downtown.

"South Elm is a very safe spot,” Borgione said.

Mainly, she says, because police already have a heavy presence in the area.

"The police are always out," she said. "We wave to them every 15 minutes."

Police say the number of aggravated assaults downtown has dropped from 19 last year to 12 this year.

"We're glad to have the additional presence especially if it makes folks feel safer," said Mark Gibb, owner of Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company.

He says his only fear is that the violence will give downtown a bad name.

"The scary thing as a business owner is that people get the wrong idea and stay away,” he said.

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