To residents in Cheverly
As many Cheverly residents already know, there was a tragic shooting in Town on Saturday, July 4th, when a young man was shot in front of his house in the 3300 block of Cheverly Avenue. The young man and his family are long-time and much beloved residents of Cheverly and our thoughts and prayers are with them in this truly horrible time.
Because violence such as this is so rare in Cheverly, I know that people in Town are shaken by by this event. Cheverly is a safe town with a low crime rate. There has been rumors that this was a drive by shooting---totally random and people in Town are not safe. I want to assure residents that the investigation clearly shows that this was not an act of random violence and, to quote Chief Buddy Robshaw," that people in Town are as safe now as they were before this senseless act occurred". Crime has been declining for several years and Chief reported at the last Town meeting that crime was down to its lowest point in more than 10 years. However any crime, especially one as devastating as this one is always upsetting and cause for concern.
The County and Cheverly Police are working around the clock to identify and arrest the suspect. The County is handling the investigation and Cheverly Police are also working the case. On July 4th, the Cheverly force was conducting an "all hands on deck" task force and four of our officers were the first to respond to the shooting. Chief Robshaw and the entire force have taken this tragedy personally, are committed to keeping the Town safe and the Council and I have total confidence in them.
Again, this was not a random crime. Parents in Town need to talk to their teenagers and young adults and ask if they know anything about this tragedy. If anyone in Town has any information they should call the Police or email Chief Robshaw. Crime Solvers is offering a $25,000 reward for any information and the Town is also offering a reward. All information is confidential. There is a CPACT meeting at 7PM at the Town Hall tonight July 7th and all residents are invited.
Again, our thoughts an an prayers are with the Morris family. I know that many of their neighbors and friends have already reached out to them during this terrible time.
Mayor Julia Mosley