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Cedar Rapids' violence impacting Iowa City residents

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The gun violence in Cedar Rapids has transcended past city limits.

John Day owns Big J's Barber Shop in downtown Iowa City and says the violence is ridiculous.

However what's even more alarming, Day says people walk in his shop saying they know who's behind some of violence, but won’t come forward.

“Growing up as a kid you don't want to be labeled as being a snitch, and that's the code of the streets,” said Day.

He says some are afraid of retaliation, but it's the public's help that Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman says they need, to stop the spike in violence.

"People are in fear of coming forward to provide the police department with information that is necessary to solve these crimes. But I can assure you there are ways, multiple ways, to remain anonymous," said Jerman

Day has been cutting hair in the same shop in Iowa City for more than 14 years, and this is the most he’s heard of violence in Cedar Rapids.

“Everything that's going on in Cedar Rapids it can be Iowa City,” said Day. “With the shootings and everything , it makes you think.”

Senseless shootings Day says is keeping him away from Cedar Rapids.

"I'm not going to lie. They will remain anonymous. I am not going to jeopardize someone's safety and I am not going to tell someone something that's not true,” said Chief Jerman. “If they give me and give us their information, anonymously, we will protect their identity."

And for every person not coming forward, it's keeping police away from solving all the gun violence.

“Bullets don't have a name on it, especially if it's being shot, and I'm sure these guys aren't professionals,” said Day. “Tip hotline, if it's going to make our community safer, why not.”

If you have any information on any of the shootings that happened in Cedar Rapids you are urged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department 319-286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.

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