Concerned neighbors in one Des Moines community are working to devise a plan to decrease violence in their area.
The King-Irving Neighborhood Association plans to hold an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss a recent trend of violence at Evelyn Davis Park and find a way to put a stop to it.
The group has invited Mayor Cownie, Police Chief Judy Bradshaw, Councilmen Halley Griess, local churches and leaders of area youth groups to attend the meeting at 6 p.m. at the gazebo in the park. They are also asking for a daily police patrol of the area.
The most recent act of violence happened just last week when two groups of teens began fighting and a 16-year-old fired six shots. No one was hurt, but there were young children playing nearby.