Henrico Chief addresses NASCAR safety concerns following shootings near track

Posted at 11:47 PM, Sep 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 06:00:57-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Six people have been shot in the area surrounding Richmond International Raceway within the past several weeks. The most recent shootings happened Tuesday,

In just a few days tens of thousands of race fans will head to the track for a weekend of NASCAR races. During the races, Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton said there would be -- as always -- extra police patrols.

"They're there to assist citizens," he said, "to address a variety of issues or concerns."

Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton

Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton

With the recent shootings near the race track, CBS 6 asked if police planned on doing anything more in terms of security.

Chief Middleton said the department's command staff would meet Wednesday to talk about the crime.

"I feel very comfortable that the crime is going to be addressed," he said. "I think the issues there will be covered with whatever necessary patrols are needed for people to be comfortable."

Middleton said it was always a concern anytime there is violence in a neighborhood. He said they were working all of the recent cases aggressively.

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