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Gunshots rang out in Peoria

One neighborhood saw more than fireworks

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Gun related injuries is up in Peoria Gun related injuries is up in Peoria

Two separate shootings overnight have left five people injured.  Luckily none of the injuries were life threatening. 

What should have been the sound of fireworks, turned to the sound of gunshots just before 1 a.m. this morning. It happened at Adams and Wayne.  A simple night of fun, ended with folks frantically scrambling for cover.  After realizing those loud pops were from a gun.  

Police say, a 15 year old, 16 year old, and 20 year old were all brought to the hospital afterward. 

Then just a half hour later, more shots ran out in front of the Red Roof Inn on War Memorial Drive.  That is where two more men were injured. 

In both of these incidents, Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally explained this when the relationship between the police and the public becomes crucial to solving these crimes. 

"It's not just when crime occurs we need to be talking with people.  It is when, I may not be doing anything right now.  I am going to stop on the corner and talk to you.  Those contacts established great community relations.' Scally said. 

Again these shootings are thankfully not fatal, but still add to the list of what Peoria has to answer for.  Compared to last year in June, Peoria only had five gun related homicides, were already up to eight this year. 

Shooting incidents are slightly down, but he number of victims, whether they are fatal or not, are up. 

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