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Notes: City leaders meet with Parker-Gray residents after shootings and armed robbery

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(Updated at 11 a.m.) City leaders met with Parker-Gray residents to discuss a series of recent shots fired incidents, WTOP reported.

The meeting comes in the wake of two shootings and an armed robbery around Princess and West streets.

Police Chief Don Hayes told neighbors the city has stepped up police presence since the first week of the year and a video camera is being set up in the area.

Elsewhere in the city, a shots fired call at the 5400 block of Richenbacher Avenue sent schools into “secure the building” mode on Tuesday. That means normal school operations continue inside the building but no one can enter or leave.

“Today, four Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) were placed in ‘secure the building’ status for a brief period in response to nearby police activity (unrelated to school operations),” ACPS said in a release to parents. “These schools are James K. Polk Elementary School, Patrick Henry PreK-8 School, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School and Francis C. Hammond Middle School.”

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