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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Waterloo police are still investigating a shooting involving a 14-year-old boy Saturday.

The teen was shot in the leg while riding a bike at a party, according to his grandmother.

His grandmother says some people recognized the car the shooter was using, but no shooter has been found.

This incident is one of five involving children and guns in Eastern Iowa this year.

"I think a lot of it is, guns are falling into the hands of children, basically," said Bryce Lippert with the investigations department in Waterloo.

Images of police lights and caution tape paint the picture of multiple shooting incidents in 2015.

Marshon Glover, a 4-year-old little boy from Waterloo caught a stray bullet in his stomach in April.

He survived.

But 14-year-old Emma Redlinger wasn't so lucky. She was killed when family members say a friend cleaning a gun pointed it at her head as a joke.

Neither was Jykeria Coffer, a 15-year-old girl accidentally shot but her 14-year-old brother in May.

Or was Aaron Richardson, another 15-year-old shot by a teen, 14-year-old Robert Humbles.

"Very young kids are pointing the gun and pulling the trigger. They can't aim, and they don't realize the consequence. They aren't old enough to fully understand what they're doing, and honestly I don't think they even care anymore," said Lippert.

They don't care to cooperate with police either, said Lippert.

Police say although someone shot the 14-year-old Waterloo boy at an intersection Saturday, it wasn't until he was taken to the hospital police were called for a report.

Family members say people have an idea who shot him, but nobody has come forward.

"We have a huge culture of no snitching, and it's amazing. I've seen parents yank their kids away from us saying 'don't snitch,'" said Lippert.

It's a problem that won't go away, Lyppert says, until people start talking not only to police, but each other too.

The 14-year-old shot Saturday had to go back to the hospital, according to his grandmother.

She says he needs stronger medication because the bullet hit a nerve.

If you have any information about any crimes, call the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers, (855)-300-8477

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