Mayor, Community Leaders Brainstorm Anti-Violence Initiatives

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- A number of brainstorming sessions were held throughout the city on Tuesday where business leaders, politicians and citizens discussed ways to make the city safer, in the wake of last weekend's mass shooting.

"We wanted to have community leaders provide us with input and ideas," Brown said as he prepares to release a new crime-fighting initiative.

Brown would not release details except to say that the plan will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The downtown core has experienced several high-profile acts of violence this summer.

Two people were shot at the corner of Pearl St and W. Chippewa Street earlier this month.

This past weekend, eight people were shot, four fatally, outside City Grill restaurant.

Downtown bar and night club owners gathered late Tuesday afternoon at D'Arcy McGee's on Franklin Street to talk about the increase in violence.

Some favor a moratorium on new liquor licenses in the downtown entertainment district while others believe the Chippewa Strip should be an adults-only zone.