Southold’s police chief and other officials are hosting a public forum tonight, Thursday, to discuss gang issues in Southold Town.
The forum is at 7 p.m. at the Southold Recreation Center on Peconic Lane. All of the public is invited.
The meeting comes after last month’s gang-related shooting on a residential street of Southold, during which five alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete.
“The challenge is to allay the community’s concerns,” said Police Chief Martin Flatley. “Now that everybody’s been arrested [in the October shooting], we can let them know the status of that case and what’s transpired since then.
“It’s important for us to get the message out that we don’t have a gang violence problem that’s spirling out of control and going to bring down the whole North Fork,” he continued. “I want to make it a factual account, rather than a glorified account.”
For more information on the forum, see here.