Police are beefing up patrols in one Des Moines neighborhood after a spike in crime over a short period of time.
It’s an uptick in crime everyone’s noticed. Six shootings within several blocks of each other, in one week.
“Of course it is scary, but I don`t know what they`re going to do about it, I guess beef up the patrols maybe,” says Sequoyah Bueford of Des Moines.
And that’s exactly what police are going to do.
“The individual watches will assign cars or officers from their shifts to concentrate a patrol as they see fit right now it`s going to be up in this area 1100 block of 14th in that vicinity where we`ve had those shootings the last couple of days,” says Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Dept.
They’ve ranged from just shots being fired in the area to homes and windows being shot out.
All of it has community leader Wayne Ford concerned.
“We as a community need to show kids there is another way instead of doing drive-by shootings but it`s going to take all of us,” says Founder of Urban Dreams Wayne Ford.
Ford founded Urban Dreams to help keep kids off the streets by keeping them busy with projects and activities, but he says the community needs to do more.
“We need more recreational opportunities, we need more opportunities for our kids to get help and their parents can stop and talk to people and get help,” says Ford.
Police still haven’t been able to connect the shootings but hope with the help of residents and extra patrols, a break will come soon.
“We want the community to know we are taking the steps to control this activity with more officers in the area hopefully it will number one stop it, and number two allow officers to make arrests in these cases and keep this activity out of the area, out of the city,” says Sgt. Halifax.
Police say Thursday night they did stop a vehicle in the area and found two guns inside, which matched the type of gun that could have been used during Thursday night’s shooting.
However, they are still investigating to see if the shell casings found are a match.
Police say of the six shootings in the Evelyn Davis neighborhood, four have hit homes.