June 19, 2006 Operation Cease-Fire Response Teams Canvass Palm Bay Shootings Areas

An Operation Cease-Fire Response Team will be walking two Palm Bay neighborhoods this afternoon, one the site of a fatal shooting and the other of an attempted armed robbery.

The team, composed of Brevard State Attorney's Office investigators and attorneys and Palm Bay Police, will be passing out flyers about Operation Cease-Fire. Operation Cease-Fire is a gun violence prevention program started by State Attorney Norm Wolfinger that focuses on people who commit violent gun crimes. Under the program, anyone arrested for a gun crime may be channeled into the federal system where stricter, swifter penalties may be forthcoming.

The Response Teams will begin their door-to-door and business -to- business canvass at 3:00 p.m. in the vicinity of the A & B Beverage store in the Port Malabar Shopping Center where Kiran Ken Patel was shot and killed Sunday during an armed robbery. They will be handing out flyers, Crimeline door hangers, Rap Against Violence CD's, and talking to residents. They will then move on to the Malabar Discount Beverage store, 6165 Babcock St., where another clerk thwarted a robbery earlier on Sunday.

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