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Police continue search for person who shot young man late Friday night

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Evansville police are continuing their search for the person they say shot a young man in the leg just before midnight at East Riverside Drive and South Evans Avenue. 

One man who lives near that intersection tells 14 News he lived on East Riverside Drive for a few years, and until Friday night, had never witnessed a situation like that.

"We heard gunshots. Police were here immediately," Charles Yockey said. 

East Riverside Drive resident Charles Yockey says he then went outside and saw a young man lying on the sidewalk across the street from his house.  

According to police documents, a person called 911 just before midnight on Saturday saying their friend had been shot and needed an ambulance.  

The document goes on to say the victim, a young man, had a shot wound in the lower part of his left leg and that no one at the scene saw who fired the shot.  

"I listen to the scanner quite a bit and police are always getting called out around here," Yockey said.

Yockey tells 14 News, police patrol his neighborhood a lot, but he says that doesn't stop his safety concerns, especially with children in the area.

"We keep them in the house really. We don't let them come out and play," Yockey said.

A possible solution? Yockey says he thinks more people making sure their guns are safely locked away and more "eyes" looking out for residents might help.

"I think if cameras were in more places, the crime would drop. A little camera would deter a lot of crime and you could put one on every telephone pole," Yockey said.

Yockey says he just hopes to see less criminal activity sooner, rather than later.

"So many people have guns. How do you stop the guns?" Yockey asked.

According to police, the young man was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.

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