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Neighborhood safety a priority this weekend following Dayton mass shooting

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With crowds expected in areas like the Short North for a beautiful weekend, security is on the minds of most people after recent mass shootings (WSYX/WTTE)

Every weekend, the Short North is busy with people shopping and visiting bars and restaurants. But this weekend is the first weekend since tragedy struck in Dayton's Oregon District, where nine people were killed in a mass shooting.

"I usually don't see too many issues when I come down here, I usually come down in the morning," said Elijah Salahuddin, who works in the area.

The Oregon District is an area similar to Columbus' Short North, featuring bars and more. "I have some friends actually that are from Dayton, because I went to OSU and so it is really, really scary," said Kayla Ridley who goes out and works in the Short North area.

ABC6/FOX28 talked to some people that work and go out in the Short North.

"I grew up here in Columbus," said Darren Boykin. "I just know that any time I am walking around the city, that always just kind of have my eyes peeled and just make sure that I am alert."

"I actually come out on like Saturday evenings and during the Gallery Hop," said Ridley. "I'll come and that is when it gets a little crazy, so in those instances of like big crowds, that is when you really like got to be careful."

The Short North Alliance's Betsy Pandora talked with our team this week about their text alert system for businesses and workers in case of emergencies, as well as their ambassador safety staff. "Those staff are eyes on the street," she said. "They know what doesn’t look ordinary for the neighborhood.”

She said the district is no more vulnerable than any other area of Columbus.

Earlier this week, our crews talked with Columbus Police Deputy Chief Michael Woods about police training and response to potential mass shootings. "What we always say is training, training, training reinforces what you should do when you get to that," he said.

He says they review mass shootings like the tragedies in Dayton and El Paso. "The suspect’s actions, we look at our capabilities," he said. "Do we have everything that we need? How would we have responded to that?"

People ABC6/FOX28 talked with Friday plan to remain vigilant, but enjoy their time.

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