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Neighbors react to Waterloo homicide

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- An east Waterloo neighborhood is trying to cope with the murder of a 23-year-old man.  Rodricus Jones of Waterloo was shot in the 900 block of Broadway just after two Sunday morning.  People in that area are saddened and are just hoping not to see any more outbreaks of violence.        

"All of a sudden I heard pop, pop, pop, pop," said Liz Hess.

That's Liz Hess describing what she heard early Sunday morning when 23-year-old Rodricus Jones  was shot and killed just around the corner from her house.  Monday night, police cruisers and yellow tape still surrounded the area.  And what happened has sent chills through much of the neighborhood.

"That's tragic.  It's a wasted life.  You know, life is precious.  I mean, I can't see how anybody can sit and point a gun and pull the trigger at a human being," said Van Hare, who lives near the home where the shooting happened.

And while the neighbors are saddened by the young man's death, they are also fearful for their safety.

"I went to mass later on Sunday afternoon because I was too shook up about what happened Sunday in the middle of the night.  And I prayed to God that we can get through this, because it could've been a child or somebody sleeping in bed.  You don't know where those bullets are going to go," Hess said.

It's not known exactly what led up to the shooting.  But area residents point the blame for increased violence at the number of bars and liquor stores located close together in the area.

"They shouldn't allow them.  If they want to have them, have an area where they can be.  But here it just draws that kind of people.  They're just shady places with just no good done in them at all," Hare said.

But the increase police presence after the shooting is at least keeping the neighborhood quiet for now.  And many who live in the area, just hope it lasts, so that another family doesn't lose a loved one to violent crime.

An autopsy of Jones took place Monday.  No arrests have been made in the case yet.  Police haven't said if a call for a disturbance just down the street at Broadway Liquor, around the same time, is related to the shooting.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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