By Jean Ross

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Police say they’re stepping up patrols during and after Augusta’s upcoming First Friday event in response to gunfire after an earlier celebration.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the extra officers for this Friday’s event are part of a plan developed in response to a July 6 shooting that wounded six people after the official event concluded.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay says the larger police contingent will aggressively enforce laws, including a midnight curfew for those 18 and younger.

In the July 6 shooting, police say a gunman who fired into a crowd of young people at the outdoor festivities on Broad Street in downtown. Those injured were males and females in their teens and early 20s, and none had life-threatening injuries.



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