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Police say several teens involved in Cedar Rapids shootings

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Police say several teens were involved in three shootings that happened Sunday. 

Officials believe all three of the shootings are related.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm during one of the incidents. 

"If it doesn't stop someone is going to get more seriously injured or even we will suffer another loss of life which will be a tragedy," says Police Chief Wayne Jerman. 

The first shots rang out in the 400 block of 16th Street NE just after 7 p.m.

Police say the shots were fired at a home in the area. 

The second shooting happened just before 9 p.m. near the intersection of 15th Street and 1st Avenue, this is where a 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm. 

"We don't have any indication that it's gang related what we do have indications of is these shootings involve numerous groups of juveniles," says Chief  Jerman. 

The third shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. in the same block as the first and gunshots were shot towards to same home according to police. 

Chief Jerman says some of those involved were just under 20-years-old, while others were as young as 12. 

"Parents need to become more involved in the lives of their children," he told us. 

"It was definitely two different guns, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop about ten times," says Adam Holm, a neighbor. 

A couple of different people in the neighborhood told us they are thinking about moving because of the violence.

So far there have been 44 shootings in the city, last year there were 57 by the end of July. 

Over the last several years July has traditionally been the month that has seen the most shootings. 

Cedar Rapids police plan to increase patrols and look into additional outreach. 

Last weekend, two people were shot in the same neighborhood as they sat in a car and a third person was injured when the glass shattered. 

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