A short presser was held (Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, Steve Mullin (Chief of Police) and Kim Riley (Information Officer) followed by a Q and A session. This part stood out to me:
Q. Should people in the community be afraid right now based upon what you’ve seen and know?
A. (Chief of Police) I think people are smart enough in our community to draw their own conclusions about what they should feel and shouldn’t feel. Our people are very smart. We have a very good community and they are very strong and they are able to draw their own conclusions about this whole situation I think quite successfully. Thank you for the question.
Q. Because the reason I ask is I hear the words “foul play suspected” and people might be wondering if there’s somebody running around this community preying on people that they need to be afraid of.
A. I understand what you’re saying.
Q. Should they be?
A. I think people are able to draw their own conclusions about this situation, and they’re smart enough to be able to figure out what the situation warrants them to think. So that’s all I have to say about that.
On what basis did Leazenby say "no"? Steve Mullin would have been informed that it was a double homicide and TL would also have been told. Both would have been aware that this is an area mainly known to locals and commonly frequented by young people. The crime scene must have been shocking as it was reported that when LE returned from the crime scene, some were in tears.
This is JMO, but surely a more appropriate response by either TL or SM would have been something like, "Until we know more, keep an eye on your children and endeavour to know where they are". A warning should have been given.
Knowing that RMA has been out and about in the community since then is terrifying, at least to me. Surely at that very early stage it shouldn't have been a case of "carry on regardless".