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How Is Violent Crime Affecting Jacksonville's Image?

Luís Vieira

Jacksonville is struggling with a two-month citywide crime wave that’s been averaging one shooting a day and a murder every other day.Those are troubling statistics for a town that has repeatedly held the title of Florida’s murder capital; violent crime tends to spike in the hot summer months.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is responding by sending more officers to patrol the high-crime zone of Northwest Jacksonville as part of an initiative called Operation Ceasefire.

Jacksonville City Councilwoman Denise Lee and Ray Oldakowski, professor of geography at Jacksonville University, joined Melissa Ross for more on how the violence is affecting the city's image.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.