Mayor Sly James: Highway shootings part of living in urban USA - KCTV5

Mayor Sly James: Highway shootings part of living in urban USA

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Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James spoke for the first time about the shootings on metro highways. He said it's just a part of living in a big city.

The recent shootings are on the mind of most motorists, but the mayor insists this kind of thing can happen anywhere.

"There is not a city in this country that is immune to this," James said.

He downplayed the potential danger in the highway shootings when KCTV5 caught up to him during a news conference concerning the 2016 Republican National Convention.

"High crime is never good, and no, I don't think that's going to be an issue," James said.

The mayor was asked about the national attention concerning the highway shootings which now could be as many as 20 incidents or more as Kansas City and surrounding municipalities are working hard to get the RNC.

The mayor called it an anomaly, and when the frequency of how often the shootings are happening was brought up, he seemed less than pleased with the pressing questions.

"This is an anomaly, which is why it's national news is because it doesn't happen very often," he said.

"But it has been an everyday event for the last week," one reporter responded.

"Not really because there hasn't been any since Sunday, that's four days, thank you," James said.

Prior to Sunday, police said there had been at least five shootings in six days, but even with as many as 20 shootings in a month, the mayor insists it is nothing more than living or working near an urban area.

"When you look at things that are going on around this entire country, Kansas City is not unique," he said. "This is urban USA reality these days and crime of any sort is bad for anybody, especially for the victims, but I do not believe that you can say that what's going on in Kansas City is of such a weird nature that it's any different to what's happening in the rest of the country, it's not," James said.

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