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Online group works to empower Waterloo after recent violence

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In the past few weeks, parts of the city of Waterloo have experienced an uptick in gunfire.

Bullets from drive-by shootings have pierced several houses, injuring at least one small boy, and have kept police busy.

Now, one group is hoping to make a change in the city.

Geneva Couch-Johnson sat in her living room Sunday morning now peppered with bullet holes.

 "All I know is I heard a lot of stuff hit the floor like plaster and I'm like what is this. What's going on," said Couch-Johnson. 

Minutes before a drive by shooting Friday night, she left her living room and walked into the bathroom.

"And when I saw that hole, I dropped to the floor and I crawled. I had to crawl in here to get the phones," said Couch-Johnson. 

Couch-Johnson then called police, but this report of shots fired was just one of three that happened Friday night.

It also follows the shooting of four year old Marshon Glover a little more than two weeks ago. Police are still looking for suspects in that case.

"There's too much crime. I mean we had three or four shootings the other night," said Travis Hoing. 

Now people are coming together to try to make a change and they're starting to brainstorm online. The Facebook group is called "Taking Back Waterloo."

Hoing is one of the administrators of the group and says the goal is to empower people who live here.

"We want them to be able to come forward. We want to rebuild that community trust with the police department," said Hoing. 

The group is growing everyday with people talking about block parties and neighborhood associations.

"We want them to be able to watch their own neighborhood and report the crime," said Hoing. 

As for Geneva Couch-Johnson, she hopes there's change in this city soon.  

"They don't realize the magnitude of what they did, I don't belive. They don't care but what if it happened to their mom's house. How would they feel," said Couch-Johnson.

At last check police have no suspects in connection to the shots fired incidents Friday night. They say the case is inactive until further evidence comes forward.  


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