Something good is coming from the police-ordered emergency closure of a Wilmington corner store where, outside of it, six people were shot in April.
Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy told WDEL's Del-AWARE on Friday, June 14, 2019, that after he ordered Bill's Meat Market to close at 10th and Pine streets, he met with the store's owners.
"I heard their concerns and they were dealing with, and they were basically held a little bit hostage by some of these bad actors...I gave them the back-up, and they agreed to make sure that they follow-up and call us every time someone comes in their store or is hanging out in their store, probably to evade the police or possibly do some drug-dealing, that we will be there for you."
Tracy said that store on the city's East Side is now thriving through their partnership.
"There are families that are buying things there. Their profits have gone up because, now, people don't have to work through the gauntlet of people loitering outside or in the store," he explained. "This was a win-win for everyone in that community. We've changed the behavior now."
No loitering signs were also posted in the area.
He said community members are also helping officers police the area because they, too, need and want the store to remain open.
"It doesn't make a difference what time of year; the behavior, if you allow it, is going to happen anytime of year--it doesn't have to be the summertime."