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Mayor says criminals need to stop ’terrorizing our community’

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree says the south Mississippi city won’t tolerate any more of the criminal misconduct that caused several drive-by shootings in the past week, including one that injured a 12-year-old girl.

“We don’t want any more,” DuPree said during a news conference Monday in his office. “They don’t need to be in our community terrorizing our community.”

DuPree did not expand on details of what police are doing, other than to say he and other area mayors are working on a plan that would allow police officers from other jurisdictions to come in and assist an understaffed Hattiesburg Police Department.

“This is not just a Hattiesburg problem,” DuPree said. “This is a regional problem.”