Neighbors concerned over violent crimes

Police called to 4 violent crimes in 5 days

By Scott Johnson - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The frustration is mounting in a small section of Northwest Jacksonville where crime after crime has plagued the area in the past week.

"Terrible around here. Real terrible around here ," one neighbor told Channel 4.

Last Wednesday there was a shooting on Whitmer Street.  A body was found the next day on nearby 7th Street. That same night a home was shot up on 4th Street. Sunday night, someone was shot at the same home on 4th Street.

"Next thing I know it was shooting like crazy," said the neighbor.

As Channel 4 walked through the neighborhood Monday night, we saw bullet holes.

"A lot of police riding around and it seems not to be stopping. Too many children around and it seems to not be stopping. It's summertime and gets hot and people start actin crazy ," said Cyndriel Hammonds, who lives in the area.

"It's getting bad," said Hammonds. "It's getting worse and worse and I don't know what can be done to stop it."

While residents are frustrated Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said this situation is not hopeless.

"What can be done is community can empower themselves. What can be done is they need help of police. They've got to get assistance from police and police can increase their patrols. And put more concentration in that area. But the residents are the ones integral because if they just start reporting suspicious activity ," said Jefferson. "You can't shy away from being bold and talking. I understand you don't want to be labeled. But it's your community. If you don't do anything about it, no one else will."

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