The mayor of St. Louis, Lyda Krewson, spoke on the second day of the weekend of violence, after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people, a shooting that she said was sparked by an unrelated issue.
Ms. Krewson addressed the shooting after attending a prayer vigil that followed the shooting, in which two people were injured.
“There’s an underlying element of conflict,” Ms. Krewson said. “We have a robust police force that is doing its best to provide a safe environment for all. As long as that is the case, we will remain committed.”
Frequently gesticulating with her hands, Ms. Krewson, who was talking over the sounds of gunfire, also said that she hoped that peace would spread throughout the city, and pointed to the strength of the police force.
She also called for the people of the city to work together.
“It’s not just a shooting problem,” she said. “It’s not just a black/white problem. I’m hoping that the people of the city will come together and discuss these things in person and say, ‘What is it that is causing this? Why is this happening? Where do we need to go and what are we going to do about it?’”
“You always hear the phrase, if you talk about guns, they talk about shots fired. That is not true,” she added. “People are talking about shots fired all the time.”