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Teen crime spikes in summer, 6 dead in CA campus shooting

Police and first responders head towards a reported shooting near Santa Monica College Friday. (Source: KABC/CNN) Police and first responders head towards a reported shooting near Santa Monica College Friday. (Source: KABC/CNN)

Good evening and TGIF!

We see it happen every summer. As youngsters have more free time on their hands, they seem to find their way into trouble. WAFF 48's Shumuriel Ratliff spent the day digging deeper into this problem. She checked with law enforcement officials to see what kind of spike we see in teen crime every year. And she also checked in with the folks at the Boys and Girls Club, an organization fighting to keep kids off the streets and on the "straight and narrow path."

Speaking of crime, a Lawrence County man who confessed to taking part in the March 4 murder of a Decatur roofing contractor in the Speake community has also confessed to a double murder in Florida in 2006. Jose Martinez is also a suspect in several deaths in California. In fact, authorities from outside the state were in Lawrence County today to talk with Martinez about those crimes. WAFF 48's Charles Molineaux will have more on that.

And we're continuing to follow the latest in the deadly attack on and near a California college campus (pictured above). At last check, six people are dead after a gunman opened fire with an assault-style rifle at several locations, including the Santa Monica College campus. The gunman is among the dead after a shootout in the Santa Monica College library. We'll have the very latest at 10.

We hope you'll join us then.
Mark Thornhill

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