Don't Shoot Peoria


PEORIA -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said police and city leaders need the community to help stand up against violence.

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.


Peoria County Sheriff's Office

The community services coordinator for Peoria’s Don’t Shoot program has resigned. Krista Coleman was arrested for D-U-I and a related accident with another unattended car last Wednesday night. She was placed on administrative leave and her resignation was official Friday.

5th Don't Shoot Peoria class gets the lesson

Nov 17, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Civic and Religious leaders hosted a fifth Don’t Shoot call-in Monday night. 11 men were told to stop shooting or face the toughest possible penalties. 

Peoria hosts 4th anti-violence Don't Shoot Call in

Aug 21, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

11 Peoria men were asked to put down guns and change their lives last night. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it was the fourth Don’t Shoot call-in.


The men are all African American ranging in age from 18 to 24. They share the social characteristics of being on probation, linked to one of four represented gangs and highly likely to be involved in gun violence. 

Nice weather sees shooting in Peoria

Mar 14, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The first nice weather Friday since winter came with an afternoon shooting in Peoria. Peoria Police Lieutenant Shawn Wetzel says one victim was shot in the face in front of 105 Arcadia and transported to an area hospital for treatment. He says two houses across the street and three doors down each sustained one gunshot. No one was injured in those incidence. But it drew a lot of attention as kids were getting home from school about the same time. Lt. Wetzel says the investigation is ongoing.

"Don't Shoot" 11/21 Town Hall Meeting (Video)

Dec 2, 2013

Peoria's 2nd Don't Shoot call-in

Oct 31, 2013

22-men were the focus of the second Don’t Shoot Peoria call-in last night at the Civic Center. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the men were told to put down their guns:

New Don't Shoot indictments

Oct 28, 2013
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

12 alleged members of Peoria’s ‘Zone 4’ gang have been indicted in federal court. It’s the second round-up of the anti-violence program called Don’t Shoot. 

Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #4

Feb 26, 2013
Don't Shoot Peoria

Our series of community roundtable discussions on "Don't Shoot Peoria" concludes this week, as our panel discusses the final chapters of David Kennedy's book.

Author David Kennedy is our guest this week, explaining what he has learned from attempts to implement the program in communities across the nation. Finally, our panel offers their closing thoughts on the "Don't Shoot" initiative.

Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #3

Feb 26, 2013

The roundtable discussion of "Don't Shoot" resumes this week with a panel discussion of how the initiative was implemented in High Point, North Carolina. Did the program work effectively there? To find out, we talk to U.S. Attorney Rob Lang for analysis. We'll also examine the key ingredients of the "Don't Shoot" program with Michigan State University Criminologist Dr. Ed McGarrell. Follow along with the book, and join WCBU for the third "Don't Shoot" roundtable discussion this week.

Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #1

Feb 26, 2013
Don't Shoot Peoria

"Don't Shoot" is a community-wide effort to reduce gun violence in the Peoria area. The local initiative ties in with the book "Don't Shoot" by criminologist and author David Kennedy. This program is collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecutors, as well as community members and leaders. This is the first of four roundtable discussions of the "Don't Shoot" project on WCBU, and it examines the history of the anti-violence initiative and how it will apply to the Peoria region.

Conversation with Don't Shoot Author David Kennedy

Feb 20, 2013
Don't Shoot Peoria

"Don't Shoot" Author David Kennedy talks with Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce about his strategy to reduce gun violence and the Peoria initiative.

Don't Shoot Peoria FAQ

Feb 20, 2013
Don't Shoot Peoria

What is “Don’t Shoot?”

 It’s an aggressive multi-strategy anti-gang and gun violence program designed to decrease shootings and get the most dangerous criminals off the streets. Led by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, the initiative creates partnerships among federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, outreach specialists, community leaders and media. Never before has Peoria seen such comprehensive collaboration from key stakeholders in implementing a zero-tolerance message towards violence.

 The centerpiece of the program is a focused deterrence strategy enhanced by an innovative community-wide education and outreach program crafted to thoroughly incorporate all segments of the citizenry of the Greater Peoria area. Using offender-based policing strategies, police and prosecutors send a specific message to a number of high-risk individuals that gun violence will not be tolerated. Then, the strategy includes communication about community programs that will provide services to help them on the road to a better and more productive life. As part of the message, these high-risk individuals are told that any future gun violence will result in the full force of federal and state law enforcement. They are put on notice and they know law enforcement eyes are on them.