“We’ve about had enough.” Virginia St. neighbors recall deadly shooting, ask for more police presence

Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 10:45 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A family is fed up with the crime in the Jacobsville neighborhood. They’re hoping police step up patrols around Virginia Street after a deadly shooting happened next door to their home last week.

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John Hunsaker lives adjacent to Virginia Food Market. He says he and his wife were inside their home when shots rang out Friday night at the market’s parking lot.

“How do you know that you’re not going to be sticking around watching TV, and here comes some bullets flying through the house and it hits me in the back or something," Hunsaker said in frustration. “We’ve about had enough, we hate to say it.”

Hunsaker told us they’ve lived on Virginia St. for 25 years. He claims he’s watched the quality of life in the neighborhood deteriorate over the years.

Since neighbors say the area is riddled with crime, we had Vanderburgh County Dispatchers make a record of every 911 call from the 600 block of E. Virginia Street.

We found five pages full of calls just within the last year.

Out of 61 police runs, 33 involved calls to Virginia Food Mart, right next door to the Hunsakers.

We found several shots fired records, fight in progress calls, multiple thefts, burglaries, and hold ups.

The number of calls did not surprise Hunsaker.

“If (police) would just patrol there once an hour--just run a car through here, people would see that there is police presence. A lot of this stuff wouldn’t happen," Hunsaker said.

Evansville Police have mounted its neighborhood surveillance units in the area before. Hunsaker says stationary cameras are not enough to deter the crime.

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