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Neighbors react to most recent shooting in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Police continue to investigate a shooting that sent a 14-year-old to the hospital. Saturday morning they photographed a shell casing before picking up the evidence. The young male was shot late Friday evening in the Wellington Heights neighborhood of Cedar Rapids.

People who know the victim say he claims not to know the shooter.

Some feel gunshots are a common occurrence in the neighborhood.

"It's sad because I've got children of my own and I'd like them to be in the same environment I was but it's nothing the same," said Ashley Coleman, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

It frustrates people who live nearby.

"I believe that law enforcement is well aware of where the pockets of problems are and who they are," said Myra Bobo-Pickens, who lives in Cedar Rapids. "I just don't understand why it takes so long in our system to identify those issues and eradicate them."

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has frequently said they often have a hard time getting witnesses to cooperate. In this particular case, our KWWL crew watched people close to the victim go outside, search for the bullet, and call police after they found it.

Hours after the gunshots, kids were playing outside. Several people say they feel safe in this area.

"I think that there are more good people in Wellington Heights than there are bad," said Bobo-Pickens. "There are more people that get up and go to work every day and make a difference and pay their taxes

Others believe crimes in the neighborhood are only getting worse.

"Violence in this neighborhood has gotten so crazy," said Coleman. "I moved into this neighborhood when I was probably, say 5 years old, just right around the corner. So I know how it is and it's changed a lot."

The teenager was treated and released from the hospital. People who know him say the bullet went right through his leg. He was wearing a bandage on Saturday but was able to walk around.

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