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Councilman wants more convenience store security

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson city leader wants convenience store owners to insure the safety of their customers.

Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes will ask city leaders to consider an ordinance requiring certain security measures at Jackson convenience stores.

He suggested that the stores hire professional security guards.

The councilman said he is concerned about innocent citizens losing their lives by simply shopping at their local convenience store.

The news conference was held Sunday at an Exxon station at the corner of Woodrow Wilson and Bailey Avenue, the site of a prior fatal shooting.

"At this location where a young man was killed there was a security person but that person did not ever come out of the store until after the shooting and everything else. Before you have a shooting and a fight, it's got to escalate to that level. We're saying with proper security that someone would have stopped this problem before it escalated to death," said Stokes.

Stokes said store owners complained about the cost of hiring extra security when he previously introduced a similar ordinance.

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