Toledo's top cop offers rewards for illegal guns

After a weekend filled with violence, Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre announced Monday a new task force aimed at cracking down on illegal guns.

Navarre said the department is now offering $1,000 rewards to anybody who informs officers about a person carrying a gun illegally. The new task force will conduct additional traffic stops in the overnight hours and approach groups loitering on street corners as part of its effort to crack down on illegal activity, the chief said.

Eight people were shot in separate incidents this past weekend, Navarre said, and some of the incidents are likely gang-related.

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for two of the incidents. First, for the one on the 600 block of Ranch, where four people were shot. Also, the reward is being offered in the incident at Bancroft and Sylvan, where officers found one person shot and more than 60 shell casings in the surrounding crime scene.

The chief said the city and its residents cannot allow the shootings to continue and hopes the public will come forward to help.

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