Lafayette community donates to stop increased gun violence

The number shots fired in Lafayette is already higher than the total number of shots fired last year.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 6:34 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2019 6:37 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Junior F. Balser and his wife know the sound of shots fired in Lafayette.

"We heard the shooting going on but we didn't know where it was at," said Balser, referring to Sunday's shots fired incident. 

Balser lives near Southridge Commons Apartments on South Beck Lane, where the shooting happened on Sunday. 

"So much going on anymore, I don't know what to think," said Balser. 

Lafayette Police released shots fired numbers Friday. There were 20 shots fired in 2017, 15 shots fired last year and so far in 2019, there were 15 as of last week. This weekend's incident brought that number to 16.

"I keep my shed and garage locked," said Balser. 

LPD also added the following statistics: 

These numbers reflect incidents where a person was specifically shot at but was not injured.
Attempted Aggravated Assaults
2017 - 2
2018 - 2
2019 - 2

These numbers reflect incidents where a person was shot (number in parentheses are incidents with a fatality).
2017 - 7(2)
2018 - 12(4)
2019 - 9(2)

The number in parentheses is included in the total number. For example: In 2017 there were 7 total incidents with a person being shot. Of those 7, 2 were fatal.

The recent shootings are still under investigation. 

Last week, News 18 told you about how the Lafayette Boxing Club is trying to fix the city's gun violence problem. The program hopes to get teens off the streets and into a better crowd. The community responded generously. Since the story aired one week ago, the club has received numerous donations, including new equipment and thousands of dollars. The National Guard even offered to donate.

Balser isn't sure what will stop the senseless gun violence in Lafayette but he's prepared to fight back if he has to protect his family.

"Just keep an eye out, I've got something handy if they come in the house," said Balser. 

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