Saint-Louis mayor barely stops as gunshots interrupt press conference on violence
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The mayor of Saint-Louis was speaking to reporters outside on Friday when she was brutally interrupted – by the sound of gunfire nearby.
“Oh, isn’t that wonderful? Mayor Tishaura Jones said, pausing briefly with a puzzled expression, before continuing what she was saying, FOX 2 reported in St. Louis.
Later, after his joint press conference on security issues with the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Jones wrote about the incident on Twitter.
“I don’t flinch when gunshots ring; my son and I often fall asleep with a lullaby of gunfire,” Jones wrote.
Earlier, she shared more reactions with reporters.
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“I hear gunshots in my neighborhood every night,” she said, according to KMOV-TV in St. Louis. “I am the first mayor in more than 20 years to be born, to have grown up and to still live in the north of Saint-Louis, and it is unfortunate, yes I heard it, but I did not flinch because I guess it’s part of my life now. “
Jones said she and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas were meeting with survivors of violence and visited several local violence response programs on Friday.
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“This is the kind of thing that happens in too many American cities,” Lucas said, FOX 2 reported. “This community strives to do better for our babies, like the tour we just did, and neighborhood activists who say things may have been around for generations, but we’re committed to doing better. “
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