LIMA — Another shooting, another killing and another unsolved murder.
And if Councilor Derry Glenn has anything to say about it, it’s not going to happen again.
“We want to send a message out here that we’re not going to tolerate this anymore,” Glenn said as he stood near the spot where less than two weeks ago, 25-year-old Anthony Bankston was found dead, the victim of a late-night shooting.
“I’m tired of attending funerals of people we know. We have to find out what goes on here and figure out how to get these solved,” Glenn said.
Bankston’s death is similar to another shooting this past year, when 23-year-old Carrington Lott was gunned down while attending an Independence Day party at the UAW Hall. In both incidents, young men died from gunshot wounds and multiple other party-goers were injured from gunfire.
In both cases, community leaders called for cooperation from witnesses to find the shooters.
And yet, both cases remain unsolved.
“We all got to work together,” Glenn said. “These young men are dying too young. We have to continue to send the message.”
This past week, the City of Lima took action to shutter the premises where Bankston died. Located at 904 S. Main St., the after-hours establishment was known as “The Alamo” for a bar that once occupied the space in the past.
Today, a civil case notice filed by the City of Lima against property owner Victor Quintero hangs in the window that declares the property a public nuisance “as a result of numerous criminal activities and disturbances to the peaceful and quite enjoyment of the city’s residents.” The property can still be used, however, for residential needs, and a number of tenants live upstairs.
Another late night shooting occurred at “The Alamo” this past June, when officers found Connell Gray, 22, in the doorway of the premise suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
According to the court order, the premises has been operated as an after-hours establishment despite lacking a certificate of occupancy since January 2017.
While there have been calls to action in the past, Glenn said it’s time to consider more definitive moves to prevent such shootings in the future. A good way to do so, Glenn said, is to find out how young men in the community are accessing guns illegally.
Notably, Bankston had been charged in the past with illegal possession of a firearm prior to his death.
“We have to find out where the guns are coming from. How do these guns get in these young men’s hands?” Glenn said.
Glenn also looked toward the city administration to continue its work of closing establishments where violence has occurred.
“Let’s not just talk about it. Let’s get it done,” Glenn said. “When we see a person murdered, we got to come together.”
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.