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By Bryan Russo

There were four drive-by shootings last weekend in Salisbury. No one was hurt, but police say those types of incidents have become the norm and not the exception in an otherwise quiet college town.

Murders, robberies, shootings, and gang-related crime have all been on the rise, leading to widespread public concern and debate about what to do.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis Ruark says, "There are three hot spots within the city of Salisbury where this type of crime is more likely to happen. There is a focus on those three hot areas. At least one of the shootings took place outside of what I would call a hot spot. So it is demanding on the resources."

And Ruark says local law enforcement is already shorthanded on resources.

"The city of Salisbury needs an additional 35 police officers on the street as of today," he says.

Patrols from all over the county have joined forces with city police to increase their presence on the streets.

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