Four people have been arrested in the shooting of a 14-year-old this weekend, Covington police said.
Tevin Adams, Tony Adams, Henry Clark and Jodeci Young, all of Covington, have been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after the teenager suffered a gunshot to his lower leg.
Witnesses told police several people fled the scene, near Rose and Barlow streets, on foot.
Police chief Buddy Lewis said officers began canvassing the area. The four suspects were arrested by the next day.
“The information we received from the witnesses was extremely helpful in assisting our officers in locating the suspects,” Lewis said. “That information, combined with the work of the Covington police officers is the reason why we were able to apprehend these suspects so quickly.”
Lewis also announced Wednesday an increase in patrols in the city to help counter criminal activity.
Criminal activity usually increases during the summer months and other times when school is out.
A saturation event took place on Friday, May 30 and Lewis said it resulted in 13 arrests and 12 citations.
“We will be conducting a vigorous special operations saturation series in order to make our city as safe as possible," he said. "We will be spending more time in our high crime activity areas. These operations will include traffic saturations where we have had reckless driving and speeding complaints, particularly in neighborhoods where children are playing, zero tolerance saturations, warrant saturations and illegal drug saturations."
This program is in conjunction with another effort that the Covington Police Department have underway, he said.
“We have begun a stationary observation program that puts our officers in our neighborhoods more especially in our high crime neighborhoods."
Lewis said residents are eager to see more officers in their neighborhoods.
"Where there is police presence, criminal activity will go away. "
If any citizen has a request for additional patrol in their neighborhood, please contact me at 901-475-1261.”