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Residents React to Gun Violence

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Cedar Rapids community leaders are joining forces with residents, forming plans on how to handle a string of violence in the past 72 hours. Neighbors within a two block area on the Southeast side have heard gunshots for the past three nights.

The idea is to create a community wide dialogue about how to end the violence Cedar Rapids has seen on the Southeast side of town.

The meeting with leaders from Around the Block and Stop the Violence IA had been scheduled for a while, but couldnt have come at a better time following three days of gunfire in the neighborhood.

Its been a tough week for people who live near 15th Street Southeast.

Its been pretty stressful because there are a few thugs out there that are really overshadowing a lot of the positive things we're doing, said the President of the Wellington Heights Association Justin Wasson.

With people hearing gun fire for the past three nights, and the police finding shell casings on Monday and Wednesday, its hard for anyone to feel good.

There's little kids outside why do you all keep doing this when there's little kids playing, said Amazingrace Jambibi, who lives near the recent shootings.

Its tough to have pride in a neighborhood where there's shots fired, said Wasson.

But in the basement of a nearby church, some folks are working towards an answer.

Its just time to really try to figure out a way to stop what's really going on, said Stop the Violence IAs Troy Williams.

Troy says getting people in the neighborhood and helping them work through their issues could mean personal issues find solutions.

They're in the heat of the moment and but nobody takes the time to sit down and be like what's the real problem here, said Williams.

Justin says thats how the neighborhood association has already made progress, that just gets overshadowed when shots ring out.

If you're a good neighbor, this neighborhood will be good to you, said Wasson.
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