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New think tank addresses violence and mental health

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Cedar Rapids is launching a new think tank following a spike in crime.

Last week there were two deadly shootings in the city. One shooting involved two young high school boys. The most recent victim, a 32-year-old man, was shot and killed in the 1000 block of G Avenue NW.

 Authorities tell us Cedar Rapids is on pace for a record number of shots fired this year.

The violence lead Mayor Ron Corbett to do something he hoped he would never have to do on Wednesday.

 "I hope I never have to stand in front of a microphone in a community room full of media and people and be posed with questions of how could this happen in our community of Cedar Rapids, or why can something like this happen in our city of Cedar Rapids, and here I find myself, doing exactly what I hoped I'd never have to do in the city of Cedar Rapids," he said.

The think tank is hoping to address the issues of violence and mental health in Linn County.

The group plans on meeting once a month.

Some of those involved include the Cedar Rapids Police Department and high school administrators, among many others.

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