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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) From the people weve been speaking with, its just a lot of frustration. There are many folks in the 15th Street Southeast area who spend much of their time trying to fix the neighborhood up, only to have everything on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday move them so far in the wrong direction.
It all started on Monday, May 19th, when police were called to 15th Street and 5th Avenue Southeast for a report of shots fired at about 6 pm. Police say there were no injuries, but Keith ODonnells car was sitting in the street, and was one of at least two vehicles hit by flying bullets.
He says recently, its gotten much more intense near his home.
"We live in a neighborhood that is volatile with lots of shouting matches and we've been dealing with these shouting matches for weeks, said ODonnell.
Tuesday, May 20th, just two blocks away at 15th Street and 7th Avenue Southeast, there was another report of shots fired a little after 9 pm. Again, no injuries and this time, no shell casings. Police left with little evidence that anything actually happened in the area.
The next night, Wednesday, May 21st, Dawn OBrien-Munis was watching TV with her grandchildren at her home on 5th Avenue Southeast.
"All of a sudden I heard noises, he started running saying 'gunshots, said OBrien-Munis.
That was a little after 8:30 pm.
An hour and a half later, police had left that scene, but we found them soon after at a traffic stop just two more blocks away at 17th Street and 4th Avenue Southeast. Police say that stop was likely related to the shooting earlier in the night, but eventually released the car and the men inside.
This week brings Cedar Rapids to 35 reports of shots fired this year. This time last year, the city only had 14 and ended 2013 with 56 instances overall.
It all has some taking extra precautions.
"I mean my grandson is facing the street, his room, said OBrien-Munis. He has to sleep on the floor because I'm afraid something's going to fly through the window."