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EPD releases shots fired map

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The Evansville Police Department is calling on neighbors and community leaders to step forward and stand up against the violence.

The department released its gun violence map, showing the areas that have the most reported crimes.

Evansville Police have investigated 405 shots fired calls so far this year.

On average, that's up nearly 30 calls per month - in comparison with last year.

The largest concentration of shots fired calls are on the south east side, which is south of Washington Ave. and east of Hwy 41.

Residents we spoke with in the surrounding neighborhoods tell us that gun fire is a regular occurrence.

Debbie Scales lives on the south side and runs a daycare out of her home with nearly a dozen small children.

She tells us she fears that a stray bullet may one day end up in her backyard.

Debbie explains that she's actively watching for criminal activity in the area, but also doesn't want the neighborhood to get a bad name.

She says there are hard working, good people in the neighborhood that aren't going to tolerate violence.

"It is nerve wracking, especially when you have all the kids here," said Debbie. "We live here, there's a community that lives here."

Evansville Police are asking community leaders to come forward to help stop violence.

If you or your organization are interested in contributing to the efforts, call police.

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