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Neighborhood wants change after three shootings in 24 hours


Sunday afternoon Consuella Hopkins described what she heard on her street, "there were shots that rang out."  Shots were fired Sunday afternoon right in front of Hopkin's home.  And two overnight shootings happened just blocks from where she lives.  "Of course it's a little nerve wracking to experience something like that," said Hopkins.

Even before these shootings Hopkins was planning a neighborhood meeting for Sunday evening to talk about change.  The timing of the shootings just reaffirms her thinking.  "I know even more so it's needed," said Hopkins.

Councilman Henry Davis Jr showed up to the meeting.  He listened as neighbors talked about what they like about their neighborhood, what they don't like, and how to implement changes to get what they consider an ideal neighborhood.  "I want to see a walkable I want to be able to see my kids or grandkids outside that they can be outside without any danger, any gunfire, anybody hurting them in any way.  I want a clean neighborhood," said Hopkins.

It's not just neighbors who say enough is enough.  Police are fed up too.  Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett said, "We gotta stop this, we gotta stop it now or we're gonna have dead kids out there."

Corbett said the first shooting in the 1300 block of North Huey took the life of 29 year old Dominique Jackson.  The second shooting near the Intersection of College and Lincolnway West injured three women, one critically.  The gunshots Sunday afternoon came too close for comfort to claiming another victim.  "A 4, a 5, and a couple 6 and 7 year olds that were playing on a swing and a bullet literally went right over where their heads were at," said Corbett.

Metro Homicide said they are investigating the possibility that all three shootings are connected.  And they do believe they're gang related.  Whatever the reason behind the violence, Hopkins wants to turn it into a positive for her neighborhood.  "We can use this to how can we better this community versus any negativity."

Metro Homicide said the investigation is ongoing.  We're told investigators had several interviews set up for Sunday evening and planned to be working on the case all night.  And they urge anyone with information to come forward, you can remain anonymous.

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