Windsor, Ont.'s location on the Canada-U.S. border makes it "a conduit for guns" and a magnet for gangs, the ciy's mayor said Thursday night.

In a frank interview with CBC News, Eddie Francis acknowledged "an element of guns, gangs and drugs in this community."

"Overall, the safety of this community, and the safety of the neighbourhoods within this community, I think, is well-known," he said.

Francis, who is also the chairman of the Windsor Police Services Board, made his comments following a recent spate of shootings in the downtown core.

There were shootings on Chippawa Street, west of downtown, on Sept. 10 and 20.

On Sept. 26, 23-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Yousef died after he was shot outside a nightclub near the corner of Pelissier Street and Wyandotte Street.