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In efforts to deal with the rising gun violence in Wilmington Delaware will be hiring two consulting firms to find a solution to reduce the number of shootings in the state’s largest city.

Delaware will spend $200-thousand to contract with Vigilant Resources International based in New York and the non-profit Police Foundation to work with the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that gun violence has gone up in the city with the New Year with police reporting 19 shootings so far including one last night.

Feds to Help Wilmington Stem Violence

Sep 29, 2014
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The U.S. Justice Department has decided to join Wilmington authorities as part of a program to identify long term solutions to the violence that has rocked the northern Delaware community.

The Violence Reduction Network will be officially announced in Wilmington and Washington D.C. this morning as well as in other cities later in the day.

Senator Chris Coons helped to include Wilmington in the program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A television ad will begin airing in the Baltimore area that praises the gun-control measure recently signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The ad is set to begin airing early this week. It's part of a campaign by supporters, who want to outline how they believe the law will be effective in preventing gun violence.

The Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Education Fund is paying for the ad.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is hosting a forum on gun violence in Maryland.

It's scheduled for Monday at the the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School in Baltimore.

The forum will bring state and local community leaders together, as well as law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legal scholars and gun violence experts.

They will talk about challenges and practical solutions to keep illegal guns off the street.

BALTIMORE (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for federal gun control reforms.

Bloomberg outlined his proposals Monday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at a summit on reducing gun violence.

The two-day summit began one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Bloomberg is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to increase background check requirements for firearms purchases.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy has been killed and a child has been critically injured in a neighborhood on the city's west side.

Police says the teen was shot in the chest and was found in an alley near the 1500 block of W. Fourth St., between Delamore Place and Rodney Street, on Sunday afternoon. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Another boy was shot in the stomach and was in critical condition.

Police say no arrests have been made.

The shootings follow a week of violence in the city that has left several dead.

It’s been a bloody week for the city of Wilmington with three violent deaths in the span of 12 hours.

Last night the Wilmington Peacekeepers marched last night through the violence struck neighborhoods stopping along the way to mark the shooting deaths of victims as young as 16.  

The marchers decried the violence that has killed 12 people in Wilmington so far this year at a clip that outpaces the number killed by this time in 2010, which saw a record number of such deaths.