Perkins instructs police chief to investigate shooting into his home

Mayor James Perkins Jr. held a press conference Friday and discussed an investigation into the shooting in his home on Nov. 14.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. has instructed the police chief to investigate the shooting of a bullet into his home in east Selma Saturday night and to introduce a plan to use technology and staffing to combat crime.

Perkins said in a press conference Friday morning that his home has been shot into before while he was mayor from 2000-2008 but he didn’t report it then. This time, he said he wants Chief Kenta Fulford to investigate this fully because the community hears gunshots every day and it must stop.

Perkins is asking Fulford to add to the proposed 2021 budget additional funds for staffing and technology that can prevent shootings at homes throughout the city and to solve crimes citywide.

He also plans to research what other cities are doing to combat crime and adopt best practices here.

“I want citizens to know I take this very, very seriously,” Perkins said. “Not only when it happens to me and my wife, but when it happens to many others.”

Perkins said he was not home when the shooting occurred and that the bullet went through the structure of the house and into a book on his bookshelf on the other side. The book was about the book of Acts in the Bible.

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