Auburn Road Businesses Concerned About Safety After Multiple Shootings

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A man is lucky to be alive and alert after being shot in the head Tuesday night, but Rockford Police say he's not helping them find the person who shot him. It happened at the BP gas station at Auburn and Central and now some businesses in the area worry this and other shootings at that corner will drive customers away.

The sign at Granny's Home Cookin’ says open but inside there aren't many people. Owner Patricia Reynolds says business has been slow since Tuesday night's shooting at the BP gas station at Auburn and Central, just feet from her restaurant.

"Last night business was kind of dead, but today it seems to be a little bit better," Reynolds said.

Reynolds says the area is safe, but worries customers might not agree. The site of Tuesday’s shooting has a history of crime.

"Every year something happens on that corner up there. I don't know, you know, I'm just hoping things get better for them. You know it’s bad for the gas station, it’s bad for us, and it’s bad for west side businesses," Reynolds said.

In May 2012, 18-year-old Dwayne Buchanan was shot and killed in a drive-by, and in 2008 a man was shot in the back while pumping gas. Rockford Police say they're concerned about the trend.

At Rockford Beauty Supply workers have security measures in place to keep shoppers safe.

"Anytime someone comes in and we feel they look suspicious or anything or we feel unsafe we immediately ask them to leave the building so they safe anytime they shop here," a store employee said.

The owners of both Granny's Home Cookin’ and Rockford Beauty Supply urge shoppers to give them and other west side businesses a try.


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