Unfortunately, the answer to that question is a resounding YES. Terrifying, to say the least.
The City crew hung up the Christmas lights a week or so before Thanksgiving. Since then, several have been shot out.
Thursday morning, between 7:00 and 7:30, the janitors had gone to work at the Wichita County Courthouse when VERY close gunfire rang out! Whoever it was shot out several of the brand-new windows there!!! Thanks to the everpresent Lord, no one was injured in this cowardly and totally non-understandable attack.
As far as I know, no one has yet to be arrested in these cases. People are reaching their own conclusions about the matter. Some are concerned that it may have been newcomers to our area. More than a year ago, quite a few people have come to Wichita County for work when jobs were not available in areas where they had been living. That all goes back to the current recession that our world is in at this time.
For me to say that that is whom I think is guilty, is totally false. Of course, it is a definite possibility but Leoti has our very own people who have lived here for many a year who could also be capable of these dastardly deeds.
I absolutely hate that this kind of senseless violence has taken place in our otherwise peaceful community. When things such as this happen, people should go on the defense IMMEDIATELY or else the violence can get worse and eventually result in bodily harm! A year ago, grafitti was done around town. People believed that it was gang-related. It may have been. A couple of individuals were later charged with the crimes. I certainly hope that this is not gang-related.
As far as I am concerned, actions will take place at our home. Until the criminals are caught, our daughters will no longer be allowed to walk around town. Over the past year, various businesses in Leoti have posted signs that guns are not allowed on the premises. As much as I hate to say this, maybe it's time that metal detectors be placed at these entrances and others so that lives can be better protected.
If you know who or have any ideas of whom you think may have done these crimes, PLEASE cantact the local Sheriff's Office at 620-375-2723. By doing so, you just might save the life of someone you love! I'll go even further to say, that WHEN, not IF these criminals are caught, I expect to see him/her/them imprisoned WITHOUT parole or probation until their full sentence has been served!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very concerned about the county and the people whom I love so very much,