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Gang activity rising on Evansville's south side

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Evansville Police said they are seeing a rise in gang activity which is leaving the city's south side riddled with shell casings.

Around 1:00 on Thursday morning, Evansville Police responded to a shots fired call in the 500 block of S. Linwood Ave.

Police said they found three shell casings at the scene.

The victim told police a bullet went through her front window and two others went through the second level of her duplex.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Police do not have any suspects.

EPD told 14 News that area is a little further north than they generally see gang activity.

Neighbors said they are afraid the gangs are gaining ground throughout the city.

"I do have my concern," said David Baker. "I'm afraid it might be trying to come back again. I don't know what is causing all this unrest. There's a problem, there's no doubt about that. Chances are the unrest could be because no jobs, they see no future and they think this is their answer and it's not. Violence is not the answer."

According to EPD, once an individual has been identified as a gang member, they keep a close eye on who they associate with.

Detectives receive records of inmate visitations at the jail and keep track of who visits known gang members.

During routine traffic stops, police keep track of those associating with gang members.

EPD said gang violence has been rising for the past several years, but what is most alarming now is police think some of these gang members could be as young as 15-years-old.

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