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Apartment complex hoping increased police presence will help end gunfire

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Jeremiah Lowe likes to play outside, but after three incidents of gun violence in their apartment complex this year, his family is afraid to let him.

"I used to but just, lately, you just never know what's going to happen out here," said  Deionja Lowe, who lives in Iowa City. "They fight, they shoot. All kinds of stuff happens here."

A manager at the Pheasant Ridge Apartments says crime has increased since he started working there 21 years ago, and the gunshots are alarming.

"I think I feel the same as anyone else. I'm not comfortable with it," said Steve Finley, Manager. "I think that you have to deal with it head on and that's what we're doing."

The complex has a security team and recently reached out to the Iowa City Police Department, asking them to do more patrols of the area.

"There's more of a police presence," said Finley. "That police presence is deterring some of the people that are causing the issues from coming to the property."

Still -- many people at the complex live in fear and the Lowes plan to keep a close eye on the youngest members of the family whenever they're outside.

"You just never know what's going to happen," said Lowe.

There's 600 to 700 people living at the apartment complex -- that's the size of a small town. The managers do national background checks on all potential tenants.

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