Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) – crime scene tape and police lights. These images are becoming too familiar throughout Lansing.
Just two days ago, a fatal shooting took place in the southern part of the city. It cost the life of a 20-year-old boy. Two teenage boys were charged with his murder.
“It’s really shocking when you know kids carry guns and commit murders,” said Ingham County Attorney Carol Simon.
14-year-olds and 16-year-olds are charged with second-degree murder. It was the third murder this year in which a suspected teenager was committed.
“We see a model of young men between the ages of 16 and 25 mostly carrying these firearms and committing crimes with these firearms,” said Lansing Police Department Captain Rob Backus.
So how exactly do weapons fall into the hands of teenagers?
LPD said the most common way is to “buy straws”.
“They’re forcing someone else to legally buy it through an arms store for them,” Captain Beckus said.
Prosecutor Semyon said that another way to get a gun was to buy it from someone else.
“Many times people don’t even realize that the gun they have at home is missing, and maybe it has passed from hand to hand many times,” Semyon said.
The prosecutor said that it is with these weapons that more young people commit violent crimes.
“Today, the family court is considering 5 murders of minors, and this is unusual. So it is very serious, ”prosecutor Syamon said.
Two of the teens from Wednesday’s shooting are currently at the Ingham County Youth Center.
But that could change if prosecutors decided to send them to adult court.
Simon has not yet decided, but hopes that young people understand that for senseless crimes, which, she said, have serious consequences.
“A quarrel over a boyfriend / girlfriend or someone who didn’t respect you … It’s horrible to think that people are being killed because they have a gun,” the prosecutor said.
Both the LDP and the prosecutor’s office say that there is no single way to solve this problem. They said part of the reports were of stolen weapons as soon as they disappeared. Long with this, making sure the guns are properly closed.