Bloomington residents concerned about violence after city records first homicide of 2022

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 6:14 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 NEWS) - A 29-year-old man is the latest victim to gun violence in Bloomington and residents are raising concerns about the city’s gun violence.

Bloomington Police responded to a shooting call around 7:30 p.m. Monday near West Jefferson and Oak and found the victim dead from gunshot wounds.

Bloomington Police Spokesman John Fermon said as they continue to investigate the shooting, they’re working to make sure violence in the Twin Cities remains low this year.

“I wouldn’t say it’s time to sound the alarm,” Fermon said.

“We’re within a reasonable range. However, that’s something that we’re always considering is that each homicide has the potential to cause future violence,” he said.

Neighbors said unfortunately, they’re not surprised by the latest act of violence.

“I grew up in this town,” one neighbor said.

“It didn’t use to be like this at all. I mean you can walk down the street and not even worry about it. Nowadays, you’re worried about even walking down the street,” he added.

Bloomington resident Jeffrey Ray Walls said he lost two brothers nearly 15 years ago and said he’s seen violence grow since.

Walls said more people need to speak out when the see crime in the community.

“Someone comes in our community and does something wrong, that’s not snitching, that’s being a good Samaritan,” Walls said.

“If you see somebody do something in your community you don’t say something, you like ‘Oh that happened to my neighbor, you love thy neighbor.‘ ‘Cause if you don’t, it’s gone happen in your home next,” Walls added.

Fermon said even the smallest tips from residents are helpful, and they can remain anonymous.

“If you see a homicide, a shooting or something, any information, even if it’s anonymous, that you can reach out to us,” Fermon said.

“We can, as a community, lower violent crime,” he added.

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