South Side business owners react to recent violence sweeping streets

PITTSBURGH — In the early hours of Saturday morning, Mayor Ed Gainey kept his word, vowing to walk the south side to see what’s happening on East Carson Street following a string of violent crime, including fights and several shootings.

“If he follows through and he actually took notes, it’s a good approach. If it’s just for the (public’s) sake and publicity, it’s not doing anything,” owner of Sultry F&B on East Carson Street, Brian Forrester said.

Forrester told Channel 11 he plans to officially open his doors to the public next month.

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While Forrester is excited, he does have some concerns.

“Shooting over here, a shooting over there — it’s not the best way to start a business, you know? Does it scare people away? Not yet, but if it continues, it will,” he said.

Recently, Cambod-Ican Kitchen on Carson sustained damage after a man took cover from gunfire there, and down the street, Fudge Farm announced they are officially closing their doors.

“We have people running through our store, running from gun violence,” Walter Rainey from Fudge Farm said.

On social media, the mayor commented on his trip to the south side, saying “This visit was significant, as we continue to build out Pittsburgh’s plan for peace to ensure that everyone is safe in our city.”

He went on to say, “I look forward to continuing to develop our plan for peace on Tuesday with residents and business owners.”