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CRPD Asking for Help to Stop Gun Violence

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)- Cedar Rapids police and neighborhood officials say the recent gun crimes are unacceptable and they are ready to see them stop.

"This type of behavior is not acceptable," Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said in a news conference Tuesday.

They are investigating yet another case of shots fired in the city. Police arrived at a home on 18th Street NE around 4 A.M. Tuesday. They say multiple shots were fired into the home but no one was hurt. Police don't have a description of the suspect or how many people were involved. They are asking for the public's help.

"Without factual, accurate information we can't move forward with filing charges," the chief said.

As of Tuesday there have been 28 confirmed shots fired in the city. That's half the number of shots fired in all of 2013. There were 64 confirmed shots fired last year.

"This is not acceptable and we will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice," said Jerry Vander Sanden, Linn County Attorney.

The Cedar Rapids police and community leaders aren't getting the answers they need to solve these cases. That's why they are asking anyone, witnesses and victims included, to help.

But the police aren't the only ones who want the violence to end.

"There's murderers among us," Franklin Davis said. "That's a frightening thought."

Davis says he fears for the younger generation. He just wants to be a voice in the community and show that there doesn't need to be violence  in Cedar Rapids.

"It's frightening," he said. "Knowing they can get away with a murder." He says he won't release details in fear of his own life or a life of a loved one.

Police still have four homicide cases unsolved this year.

Police say they aren't going to jeopardize anyone's identity. You will remain anonymous.
If you have any information about these crimes you can call Linn County Crime stoppers or text a tip to 274637 with 5227 in the subject line.
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