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QCA Shootings On The Rise, Community Leaders React

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Four shootings in less than a week in the Quad Cities area. Tonight police are on alert and TV-6 asked several community leaders about these recent shootings.

"It's very dangerous here," said Rock Island resident, Gloria Beezley.

Beezley has lived on Rock Island's west end for about a year. She says police patrol the neighborhood regularly and monitor its activity.

"He just sits here and makes everybody feel comfortable. they can stay and play basketball and sit and enjoy the kids playing without gun shootings," said Beezley.

But lately she's noticed an increase in shootings when police aren't around and says she's  gotten used to hearing gun shots in the area.

"There's times when shots are fired right by my house right on 14th avenue. It's an everyday thing," said Beezley.

The frequent gun shots are the reason Lois Whittaker moved out of the west end. She says the community went from having businesses that provided jobs, to a job desert.  Whittaker says it leaves kids idle with nothing to do.

" We just need more things in the community to keep the kids busy. to keep our young folks busy. and to educate them on safety and violence," said Rock Island resident Lois Whittaker.

That's just one of the solutions community leaders say would cut back on crime, but they say it starts with having the resources first.

"When its not opportunity and we don't have a set strategy for young folks, violence becomes part of the reaction," said RESPECT Campaign leader Terry Brooks.

Davenport police chief Frank Donchez says it's happening everywhere.  He says crime has gone up because society's values have changed.

"Years ago people settled disputes with a fist fight and it was over with. it seems like today's disputes quite often end in gun fire," said Chief Donchez.

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