Mayor: "Don't Shoot" Message Sinking In

Put down your guns or face jail time. That's the message of the fourth "Don't Shoot" call-in event in Peoria Wednesday night.

Eleven individuals who police say have ties to local gangs were invited to the event that gives them a chance to turn their lives around.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis tells WMBD's Greg and Dan he thinks the young men who attended took the call-in a little more seriously than past attendees.

"In a short amount of time they were sitting up straight in their chairs and looking at the speakers that were talking to them, I think they were really listening," said Mayor Ardis.

The 11 individuals were told to spread the city's message of zero tolerance for guns back into the community, and given a chance to meet with social services representatives that could get them on track with education, deal with drug addictions, and a number of other issues that might be related to their alleged gang activity.

More than 50 offenders have been prosecuted through the "Don't Shoot" program so far, but some attendees of prior "Don't Shoot" call-ins have asked for help to leave a life of violence and crime.

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