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Neighborhood on edge following multiple shots fired incidents

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - People out here who live near 5th Ave and 15th St. SE say the violence has to stop. Luckily -- no one has been injured this week despite two confirmed reports of shots fired.

Police say neighbors have been cooperative but there haven't been any arrests and that has people on edge.

Steve Hanken has lived on the block for 35 years.

"On this section of 5th Avenue things have been relatively quiet until recently," said Hanken.

It's not hard to see evidence of the two shootings this week --you can see bullet holes in car windows.

"I think it should no longer go on," said David Abrams, who lives nearby. "That way I could bring my nephew outside over here because I like hanging out over here, but I don't bring him over here because of this."

While there have been shots fired cases -- the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association says other crimes are stable or down.

"People have this stereotype of Wellington Heights as being crime-ridden but you can see today, there's kids out in the street, there's several neighbors out working on their houses, these shootings aren't going to stop the progress that is happening right now and you can see the progress every day," said Justin Wasson, Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association President.

Police say they're increasing patrols across the city and had a meeting Thursday morning to discuss this area.

"We share their concern. I understand their frustration," said Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Police Chief.  "We're not only frustrated but we're even more committed and dedicated to get a successful resolution to this.

People who live around in the area say the efforts aren't enough.

"They're supposedly making an extreme effort to stop this, but where are they when these things happen," asked Hanken. "We don't know."

KWWL checked with Cedar Rapids police. They were on the scene in less than two minutes following each of the shots fired reports on this block. In fact, on Monday, officers heard the gunshots but the suspects had already left the scene.
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