Columbus considering $700,000 for gunshot tracking technology

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus city council members are considering spending $700,000 for ShotSpotter, a piece of technology that can detect the location of gunfire.

Record breaking homicide numbers in Columbus in 2017 took many lives.

“A lot of those people that were murdered in the Linden area I knew them personally. It breaks my heart cause i know that they were good people that just made a bad mistake,” said Bryan Winbush, who is a member of the Facebook group “Columbus Ohio Stop the Violence” 

Winbush lives in the Linden area. He says homicide crime scenes have become all too familiar in his neighborhood. 

“This area is affected by crime, so part of being an adult is helping your community. Help keeping it together spark conversations and get the city involved on trying to stop the violence in the city,” said Winbush. 

ShotSpotter is already being used in other major cities, including Cincinnati. A spokesperson with the Columbus Division of Police sees this technology as beneficial.

“We support technology that would assist officers in doing their jobs,” said CPD’s Denise Alex-Bouzounis.

Winbush says he’s rather see that money used towards proactive anti-violence programs instead.

“Just to tell you what area the shot was fired in. How is that going to help catch the person that fired the shot? Once the shot, it’s already too late. Someone’s most likely dead or dying,” said Winbush. 

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