South Park shooting

An 18-year-old Mansfield man has been charged with felonious assault in connection with the shooting of two other Mansfield men near South Park on June 24.

MANSFIELD -- Recent shooting incidents in Mansfield will be the focus of a Mansfield City Council safety committee special meeting on Wednesday evening.

Committee chair Don Bryant, an at-large member of council, announced the meeting today in an email to committee members Jean Taddie (6th Ward) and Jeff Rock (2nd Ward).

Bryant said Mansfield police Chief Keith Porch will attend the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the MPD conference room. Other members of council may also attend.

Recent shootings include:

-- A 24-year-old Mansfield man was treated for non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the early morning hours of July 5 at a crowded West Fourth Street bar/concert venue.

-- A 64-year-old Mansfield man was shot around 5:35 a.m. on July 4 in the 200 block of East Second Street. He also sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

-- Two men, ages 21 and 20, were shot in the area around South Park on June 24 just before 2 p.m. Again, injuries were not life-threatening.

Police have not announced any arrests in the three incidents.

"As you’re aware, there have been several shooting incidents in Mansfield throughout the year. This, of course, is concerning to not only your constituents, but also to the community leaders and elected officials in the area," Bryant said in the e-mail.

"I want to be sure that when people approach you at events or elsewhere; that you have the resources/information needed to address important issues like this," Bryant said.

"That being said, I spoke with Chief Porch and he has generously agreed to share his time and expertise to provide a briefing on the shootings issues," Bryant said.

The meeting is open to the public. Those attending should enter the city administration on the first floor. Someone will be there to assist the public in getting into the police conference room, city officials said.

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