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Police still searching for suspects in downtown shooting

Evansville police says they are still looking for suspects in a late night shooting that sent a man to the hospital.

Neighbors say there were several people outside when the shots were fired, and those neighbors have a lot of unanswered questions about what happened and why.

Neighbors tell 14 News that the victim in the case, 31-year-old Thomas Hampton was walking along East Cherry Street on his way to the store Monday night around 10:00 when he was attacked. 

According to police, Hampton says four or five men wearing black hoodies jumped out of the bushes and shot him in the back. Hampton told police he saw at least two guns and when he fell to the ground, he also thinks he was kicked in the head.

"I think it's pretty sad what's been going on in the neighborhood lately. It's also very scary and unsafe for our children. I just really wish that they would stop the violence, the madness. If you're going to have animosity against one another like that, you know fight it out, because guns are not solving anything," concerned neighbor Kiondra Ingram said.

Neighbors say Hampton is always friendly and they are shocked that he was involved in something like this.

Police say Hampton's injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Evansville police say they have a long list of locations to place the Guardian, the watchdog vehicle that they say curbs violence and drug activity. The Guardian will be stationed in the 500 block of Morton Street Wednesday morning and will continue to move every week based on the volume of crime in each area.

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