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Granby Street businesses agree with police patrol increase after deadly shooting

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Posted at 8:20 PM, Mar 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-25 22:54:55-04

NORFOLK, Va. - There is a larger police presence here on Granby Street. Many are patrolling the area and nearby streets in Downtown Norfolk after Saturday's deadly shooting that killed two people.

The general manager of Baxter's Sports Bar believes the extra patrolling will help.

"It’s definitely going to help Downtown Norfolk and keep eyes and ears to the ground. If you can see it first-hand, that helps a ton, as well. There was a big police presence here last night. You could definitely tell the difference," Daryl Bresach, Baxter’s general manager, tells News 3 reporter Leondra Head.

When asked about Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone’s increase in patrolling on Granby Street, here’s what the general manager of Grace O' Malley’s had this to say:

"It’s definitely a good thing for businesses. People feel a little safer. It’s good to see them out there, and it’s good that he’s doing everything he can do within his power. We’ll see how long it lasts," Robert Wallace, the general manager for Grace O' Malley’s, said.

There’s been talk among city council to close bars in downtown at midnight to curb crime, but nothing permanent yet. The general manager at Baxter’s has mixed feelings about it.

"There’s parts of it that I like because lifestyle-wise, it just helps a ton. We were doing that during coronavirus closing at midnight. But it definitely does affect the bottom line. We’re busiest at night," Bresach said.

More of News 3's coverage on the victims of the Granby Street shooting: