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Three violent attacks in one day causes concerns for neighbors

Maurice Gardner. Source; Evansville Police Department Maurice Gardner. Source; Evansville Police Department

Evansville police are investigating two shootings on Wednesday, and looking for a third suspect in another shooting last week.

Officers are looking for 21-year old Maurice Gardner, described as armed and dangerous. Police believe Gardner pulled the trigger during an alleged drug deal at a home on Jefferson Avenue last week.  

So far police have no suspects in Wednesday's shootings.

The second of two shootings had hundreds of students inside Lincoln School on secure mode, and now parents are asking for an end to this violence before it gets worse.

"I don't feel like it's safe for the kids. I stay in the house. There's too much going on right now.  There's too much going on," said, Shawanda Beattie. 

Shawanda Beattie says when shots rang out her daughter wasn't far away.

"Chaos. Chaos. They're fighting left and right, shooting left and right. It's chaos," Beattie said.

Police say the 17-year-old victim of that shooting is not cooperating, neither is a man shot in the leg early Wednesday morning. That means no suspects.

"We don't have a suspect description on either shooting. We don't have possible motives. We don't have anything," said Jason Cullum with Evansville police.  

Since midnight, there have been three violent attacks. A stabbing on East Riverside Drive, then two shootings, the first near Bellemeade Park, the other Wednesday afternoon on Jeanette Benton Drive.

"Somebody sees something, somebody knows something and they're going to have to really work with the police. If not, it's just going to get worse," a concerned neighbor said.

Police say there have been witnesses, but no leads. Neighbors say they're concerned and want action before someone else gets hurt.

"Learn how to get some kind of community going on where we can meet up and everybody can get do something creative. Let's bring something positive to Evansville and take away all this negative. Maybe Evansville will improve, you never know," Beattie said. 

Police believe the injuries suffered on Wednesday are non-life threatening.

They are pleading for information to help solve some of these violent crimes.

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