Cedar Rapids crime concerns after shooting injures woman

Police secure the scene after a recent shooting on Cedar Rapid's Southeast side.

After the Sunday shooting on the 100-block of 15th Street NE that injured a woman who wasn't the intended target, residents and officials alike once again turn to the issue of safety on Cedar Rapid's Northeast side.

Robert Jackson works across the street from where that latest shooting happened. He has lived in Cedar Rapids for the past 25 years. While he has seen the neighborhood change, he is also more concerned about safety.

"It makes you apprehensive, it makes you kind of insecure because you never know, it makes you more aware of your surroundings and people, be careful of how you come and go," Jackson said.

He grew up in South Central L.A. and was used to violent outings in his neighborhood. Today however, he also believes things have gotten better.

"There is a lot more different people," Jackson said. "It's not just the same people anymore so the community as a hole is getting better."

Data compiled by the Cedar Rapids Police department supports that claim. From 2014 to 2017 aggravated assaults are down in both Wellington Heights and Mound View. Robberies are steady in Mound View and down in Wellington. Overall, the numbers indicate a steady decrease in crime across the city.

"It is a priority for the police department to put an end to this type of activity and it's a priority for the city council and we are allocating any resources that we need to do to make sure neighborhoods like mine and any others throughout town enjoy the quality of life that they should," District three representative Dale Todd said.

Todd also noted that shots fired calls are down in the city and that recent meetings with other community leaders indicate a clear priority to work on safety across the board. For Robert Jackson however doubt remains. While he believes in his neighborhood and those who live all across it, sights like the last incident across from his store have been too frequent.

"It's not the first one," Jackson said, taking a long pause. "Unfortunately it's not the last."

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