Mayor Linda Thompson voices support for tougher gun laws

Written by Craig Layne | Dec 18, 2012 1:29 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Harrisburg's mayor is calling for more gun control legislation in the wake of a shootout between police and a suspect where roughly 100 shots were fired.

She's adding her voice to a debate on the issue that's been growing since Friday's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Thompson says she wants to create a task force to address gun violence in the capital city after 24-year-old Abel Roman barricaded himself inside an apartment in the Hall Manor housing projects.

The Dauphin County Coroner says Roman, who was sought in connection to a murder in Philadelphia, fatally shot himself after a nine-hour standoff with police that included a lengthy shootout.

Police did not say what type of gun the suspect was using. But, Mayor Thompson says the incident underscores the need for better background checks and bans on assault rifles among other measures.

"How many people will get murdered before Congress acts? That's what mayors around this country are now saying. Enough already," she says. "We know how to address crimes in our neighborhoods, but we are powerless when it comes to individuals who have mental health issues...individuals who are all about making that money off of drugs."

Thompson is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition.

Roman caused a nine-hour standoff when he locked himself in an apartment, fired a shot and threatened to kill himself.

Harrisburg Police Officer Kirk Aldrich was injured when a piece of shrapnel hit him in the hand during the incident.

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