City of Orlando reaffirms downtown security efforts after 2 people injured in shooting

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Orlando police say they have arrested a man they believe is responsible for shooting two people downtown on Sunday.

Orlando Police said just before noon on Sunday that they had found two victims with non-life-threatening injuries on South Court Avenue. Police said they have arrested 32-year-old Wulner Durand on charges of the shooting.

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The shooting comes less than 60 days after seven people were shot in the center in July. The most recent shooting prompted the city to reaffirm its commitment to bring greater security to its downtown area.

The city said the checkpoints installed after the July shooting will remain in place. Though never intended to be permanent, city officials said they are working on a downtown master plan and will hold a workshop next week to discuss additional long-term strategies.

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You can read the city’s full statement below:

“We have made significant investments to ensure that our downtown area is a thriving economic hub and a vibrant destination for our residents and visitors to enjoy our world-class amenities and unique businesses that ensure a high quality of life, where safety is paramount. important part in this effort.

This includes the launch of our Orlando Connect and the Safety Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) program. Orlando Connect allows residents and businesses to integrate with city-owned cameras so agents can access this footage to help them respond to public safety situations before they get to the scene; increasing safety, efficiency and effectiveness for officers and the community. This technology is changing the way police officers can respond to, solve and deter crime. Businesses and residents interested in participating in the program can find more information at: orlando.gov/orlandoconnect.

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In addition, we encourage inner-city businesses to participate in the Safety Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) program. This is an opportunity for grant funding for security measures that can help deter crime, including the purchase of security cameras (as well as identification scanners and metal detectors) to help further participation in the Orlando Connect program and improve downtown security. For more information about SAFE, click here.

In addition, on September 26, the proposed amendment to the downtown ordinance will be submitted for second reading and approval by the city council. This change to our code further improves visitor safety that focuses on securing private parking spaces, adjusting our noise ordinance and requiring new night shops to go through a process that requires them to have a safety plan in place.

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This effort continues as part of our work on the Downtown Master Plan, which will turn the big, transformational ideas from our DTO Outlook Plan into implementable strategies that will further ensure the long-term success of Downtown. We are holding a workshop on the Downtown Masterplan September 26 at 10 a.m. before the city council meeting.

There are currently no plans to extend the coordinated access points to Sunday, but they will remain in effect Friday and Saturday nights. The entry points have weapon detection systems including K9s, but currently do not have metal detectors.”

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