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City considering providing PTSD services to East Side neighborhoods

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SAN ANTONIO -- District 2 City Councilman Alan Warrick says the city is looking at providing services to help those who might be traumatized by violence in their neighborhood.

He spoke about the issue Friday morning at an elementary school.

Warrick says the new ShotSpotter technology is giving officials an idea of how many guns are going off in the neighborhoods where it's been installed.

The ShotSpotter alerts police where and when gunshots are fired.

"We know it's a traumatic experience when you hear gunshots, not just once but every night, or every other night," he said.

Warrick did not go into detail about how or when the services would be offered, or at what cost, but said officials are looking to partner with the Center for Healthcare Services in Bexar County.

In recent months, neighborhood leaders in Dignowity Hill and Government Hill say they feel crime has decreased.

"It's been a lot more mellow," said Rose Hill who lives in Government Hill. "A lot quieter in our neighborhood."

Dee Smith lives in Dignowity Hill and says she's really noticed a difference after the Handy Stop on N. New Braunfels was shut down (Neighbors say the Handy Stop had been a hot spot for attracting crime.) and after the ShotSpotter was installed.

"It's been working good," said Smith. "We still hear random gunshots, but I think it helped deter some of the crime and also get police there quicker."

Smith and Hill are both involved in their neighborhood associations and say they aren't aware of PTSD being a problem.

"Gunshots could affect children, but I think after a while, you get immune to it," said Smith. "You just move on. It's just another shot."

Instead they would like the focus to be on how to better their neighborhoods to keep deterring crime.

"The people in our community, they're about the sidewalks, streets, crime, and better lighting," said Hill.

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