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Neighbors react to shooting on Hartford Street

They say criminal activity has actually increased in recent years and now they’re left with more questions than answers.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 6:16 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Hartford Street neighbors say last night's shooting wasn't uncommon in the area.

They say criminal activity has actually increased in recent years and now they’re left with more questions than answers.

“I don't know, I don't know. It never used to be like this,” said one Hartford Street neighbor who has chosen to stay anonymous.

It's a question Hartford Street neighbors can't seem to find answers to -- why has crime increased in their neighborhood?

“You hear arguments all throughout the night, shootings,” said neighbor Crystal Amos. “It's terrible, it's really scary especially as a parent, it's really scary.”

Crystal Amos has lived on Hartford Street for nearly three years. And while getting older can mean gaining more freedom, this isn't necessarily the case for her son as long as their family stays in this neighborhood.

“With him being my only child, I don't let him walk up and down the streets like how we were able to do when we were younger,” said Amos. “Parents didn't much worry about that but I worry, I worry all the time.”

Worry is how the anonymous Hartford Street neighbor describes the feeling of stepping outside the house every day. While they've lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, they're not living like they used to.

“I don't feel safe with coming out here anymore, I usually sit out on my porch, I don't sit out hardly anymore, I usually walk my dogs, I don't walk my dogs anymore, I just don't feel safe here,” said the anonymous neighbor.

This isn't the first time the neighbors are reflecting on shots being fired so close to home.

“The first one that I heard of, it was like right somewhere really close, about a hundred feet away from my window or my son's window and then right here in my front living room," said Amos. "People get killed in their own houses just standing there like when people start shooting,” said Amos.

Police are still investigating what caused the shooting on Hartford Street. Amos said whatever happened, the senseless violence must stop.

“It's got to stop somewhere, if everything is constantly about retaliation and getting this person before they get you, it'll never change. It's got to start somewhere, we have got to do better as a people,” said Amos.

The shooting on Hartford Street marks at least the tenth disturbance police have responded to in the area since last October.

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