Sanford police launch massive effort to curb gun violence

17-year-old Jamiroquan McGill sought by police

SANFORD, Fla. - After a series of shootings in the area, Sanford police and city officials are launching a new campaign to curb the number of violent crimes in the city.

Sanford police say they are launching a new Neighborhood Response Unit, with a goal of halting future crimes by focusing on drugs, gangs, prostitution and career criminals.  Twelve sworn police officers will be dedicated to the unit.

"Addressing quality-of-life issues through intelligence gathering, surveillance techniques, other law enforcement resources, and proactive 'hot spot' policing, outlines the mission of the unit", Sanford police Capt. Darren Scott said on Wednesday.

The creation of the N.R.U. comes after police say they responded to six shootings over the weekend and more than 45 calls for service from one apartment complex.

Sanford police also released a wanted poster showing two men -- who have been arrested -- and a 17-year-old who is wanted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

According to police, Jamiroquan McGill was involved in recent shootings in Sanford.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous and he is known to possess high-powered rifles and handguns with high-capacity magazines.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call Sanford police or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

The other men shown on the poster -- with the word "captured" plastered over their faces -- are Eric Menefee and Albert Thompson III. Thompson went before a judge on Thursday as he was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Sanford police say they believe the duo is responsible for the shootings in the city over the last few months.

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