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Double Digit Shootings in One Week

Updated: Thursday, May 1 2014, 10:56 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- When the latest round of gunfire hit Tuesday night, the chief was with Springfield city council members and me at a committee of the whole meeting. We asked him straight up-- what the deal is, and we aren't the only ones who want to know.  The shots were fired in the 19-hundred block of South 13th Street. No people were hit, but one house really got it. Police say no one was at home when it happened. Witnesses tell them the gunman is a black male who appears to be in his teens. He was walking--they say-- dressed in all red and fired rounds at the house before getting into a dark-colored vehicle. Here's what played out at the meeting while officers were on scene.

"That could've been your wife, your kids, your wife, your wife. We've got to stop ignoring some of these issues in Springfield and just sweeping it under the rug because it's not going anywhere," Springfield resident James Johnson said.

"We're all hands on deck. We're trying everything we can right now. Obviously, with that said-- it's frustrating for us, as well. The reckless conduct these people have shown, show the disrespect that they have for our community," Chief Kenny Winslow said.

This rash of shootings is Winslow's first big challenge as
chief of the Springfield Police Department. He says some of these shootings are in fact gang-related, but also that his office has no idea how many people are involved in these gangs. The hardest part he says is keeping up with the affiliations. Winslow explains that gang members are switching teams within a matter of months.

Double Digit Shootings in One Week


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