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In wake of 3 shootings, police heavily patrol neighborhoods

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

It's certainly been a rough week for crime in Harrisburg, but Sergeant Thomas Carter is keeping a positive attitude.

"Harrisburg is a lovely city -- a great city," he said. "We're going to clean Harrisburg up."

Wednesday night, Carter led a team of officers on foot patrol in the area of 15th and Market streets in Allison Hill, which was the scene of two April homicides.

"We're out here taking back the neighborhoods, and making the people who care feel safe," Carter said.

During a single 24-hour period starting Tuesday, at least five violent incidents were reported throughout the city. Tuesday, police say a 14-year-old helped beat up a 20-year-old during a robbery, leaving the victim unconscious. Later that day, two men were seriously injured in a double stabbing inside a North 6th Street convenience store.

On Wednesday, a 17-year-old was shot in the face just after midnight on Reel Street. Police said they then arrested the 14-year-old accused in Tuesday's beating when he showed up at the hospital with his friend who had been shot. A man was also shot in the leg at 18th and Market streets Wednesday, and shots were fired in a separate drive-by near the area of Green and Kelker streets.

Mayor Linda Thompson said she remains optimistic about tackling crime in the city, despite the fact that so many of these crimes involve juveniles.

"It's unfortunate we have to have a curfew law in place, but again, if the parents aren't going to police their kids, then we have to find ways to police them for them," she said. "And we're hoping that parents will truly join us in this effort, so that they don't get that phone call at 2:00 in the morning saying 'your son has been found in the alley, shot in the head.' "

The curfew for kids under 18 is 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. Police said they will aggressively enforce the curfew through citations and even arrests.

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