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INTERVIEW: Lubbock mayor on violence, traffic deaths, state of city

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Mayor Dan Pope blamed violence in the Depot District on a single "bad operator" Wednesday, saying the owner of Level Nightclub is "dragging that entire area down."

"We shouldn't have a 17 year old in a nightclub with a gun," Pope said in an interview on Lubbock News Now. He said the city will "remain very vigilant there" and in a "couple other hotspots in town."

Mayor Pope emphasized the police's response and investigation to the two shootings that killed the aforementioned teenager, Garyontae Shephard, and Dedrick Traylor, 24, in the early morning New Year's Day. 

"If it does reopen," Pope said, "we'll continue to watch it very closely, but I encourage our citizens to certainly take all methods of safety they can, and if I were telling you where to go, I'd say to avoid those places."

Pope also praised police chief Floyd Mitchell for being on-scene at the time of the attack, and said Chief Mitchell's input will be valuable for the city.

The mayor said Mitchell will focus on traffic deaths; Pope said more than twice as many people died on the roads in 2019 as the year before, and the police will focus on better enforcing speed limits and stopping distracted driving.

You can watch our full interview with Mayor Pope in the video above.

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