Sarasota police encourage businesses to close earlier to curb crime

Police surveillance video along Dr. Martin Luther King Way in Sarasota shows a suspect racking a handgun then waving it around on the busy street.
 
"They're coming here already intoxicated, and on top of that, it's a recipe for a big problem," said store owner Bashar Itraisch. "It was just a matter of time before somebody from law enforcement, somebody from the community is going to be shot.”
 
Fourth of July weekend, another gunman fired off numerous shots along MLK Way, scattering a large crowd. Police said one man was shot in the leg. 
 
"What we're hoping is going to happen is that when the businesses shut down people go home at the end of the end of the night," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. 
 
DiPino said business owners have agreed to shut their doors at 2:30 a.m. But the new late night ordinance has resistance.
 
"The weekend, Friday Saturday, that's the best days. We're making good money and a lot of people come in from all over, Bradenton, Sarasota, and they give us good business," said store owner Yassir Hassin.
 
Folks line up out the door at Hassin's store after bar hours. Now that door has a new sign he said will cost him thousands of dollars.
 
"I'm doing my job and everybody gotta do his job. So it ain't got nothing to do with closing my business because there's crime," said Hassin.
 
Some neighbors are skeptical the new closing times will make a difference.
 
"I don't know if that will stop the people from hanging out," said neighbor Carlos Yancy.
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