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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

"The violence must stop," is what people living in Cedar Rapids are demanding after three shots fired calls rang out in just four hours.

Cedar Rapids Police tell KWWL the overnight gunfire all started at Monday night at 11 in the 300 block of 17th Street SE.

Police say a person was shot at, but wasn't injured.

Then at 1:13 a.m. Police responded to 3929 20th Avenue SW, however no damage, victims or shell casings were found.

At 2:30 a.m Tuesday morning more shots were fired on Bever Avenue SE.

Police say there were several shell casting and damage to an apartment building.

So far this month, Cedar Rapids Police have responded to eight shootings.

Officers say it all started when three people were hurt the last weekend in June following a shooting at Redmond Park and a drive-by the next day at 5001 First Ave. SW.

Tuesday night people living in  Wellington Heights say they are downright done with the violence and wants the guns off the streets.

"Enough is enough, enough is enough! Get the guns off the street," said minister Ryan Downing of the First Congressional Church in Cedar Rapids.

People say the violence is starting to impact the kids.

"If you have weapons, don't use them and don't bring them out anywhere you go," said 9-year-old Forrest Weger.

Little Forrest says he wants to bring peace to the world after a string of shootings continue to tied up  Wellington Heights.

Iris Strong with the Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids helped organize the end violence rally and says it's time for adults to do their part.

"We're teaching our kids how to shoot? We're teaching our kids how to fight? No we have a voice and I teach my babies we have a voice," said Strong.

A voice echoed through the streets as church-goers and organizers gathered to put an end to what they call a mess.

A group of kids lead the march around the block.

"It makes me kind of mad and sad," said Forrest. "I want to put an end to this."

Police Chief Wayne Jerman attended the rally and says the victims and witnesses in the recent shootings won't speak up, making it impossible for officers to present a prosecutable to hold the criminals accountable and get them off the streets.

"Shooting at Redmond Park a few weeks ago, thirty people were at the park and one or two come forward and give statements."

Jerman says people need to come forward

"Look at the impact it has on the innocent people that live here, they don't deserve it," said Jerman.

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