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Neighbors fight to keep their neighborhood safe

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Neighbors demand action after three men were shot in a waterloo neighborhood. It happened in the 900 block of West 3rd Street, between Allen and Locust Streets, around 6:15 Monday night.

Witnesses say they heard between 5 and 9 gunshots. Those shot include sixteen-year-old Edward Degraffinreed, 17-year-old Damarrius Todd, and twenty-five-year-old Travell McCoy.

McCoy and Todd are in stable condition in Iowa City. Degraffinreed is in guarded condition at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Mary Potter is the President of the Church Row Neighborhood Association, that's place where a number of these fights have been taking place. She has live in this part of Waterloo since the 1960's. Since then it has only gotten worse.  

"We're seeing a lot of people who come and go from Church Row now have no concern about the neighborhood. It's a temporary stopping spot. They'll come in and do their thing and pretty soon they move on. We don't see the responsible landlords. We don't have home owners who care what happens to their things," said Potter.

Police say these most recent shootings may have been triggered by an earlier fight. 

"We're led to believe that there was some sort of dispute a while ago. We are not exactly sure how long ago that may have been that led up to this, but we're still interviewing witnesses and talking with people trying to really nail this down," said Captain John Beckman of the Waterloo Police Department.

Both neighbors and police agree if you want this violence to stop you have to get involved.

"People can stand on TV and say it's so sad I saw this one coming and this fight went on. Well they've know that's been going on. They've known these kids have been congregating. They know there is bad blood. It's time to turn them in when it starts, not after something has happened," Potter said.

"If they do see something we ask that they become the best witness possible and come forward and provide as information as to what they may have witnessed," said Captain Beckman.

Police say they are continuing their investigation into this case and have not made any arrests.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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