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Tish James Calls For Buyback Program In Wake of Gun Melee at Ingersoll

Councilmember wants Fort Greene to host the latest installment of a successful program to get firearms off city streets.

Councilwoman Letitia James responded to the with a call for a gun buyback program to be hosted in Fort Greene.

“Our community should not have to live in fear; I believe the gun buyback program can help make our streets safer,” said James, D-Fort Greene.

A spokesman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes confirmed that no guy buybacks were on tap for the neighborhood. Earlier this year, widely hailed as a success for getting more than 100 weapons off city streets.

James' proposal came as police announced the detention of a suspect apprehended in Bed-Stuy early Thursday morning.

Police said the suspect was still being questioned in connection with a report of shots fired between 64 St. Edwards St. and 24 Mounment Walk at Ingersoll.

No charges have been filed.

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