YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - A
string of five shootings in the last 15 days--including an attempted murder and
another that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old woman--has shaken the city.
Viewers have contacted 13 On Your
Side asking, "What is going on in our community?"
Sergeant Leanne Worthen with the
Yuma Police Department tells 13 On Your Side they are aware that the public is
concerned. She says it is too early to call the string of shootings a crime
But she says there has been an
increase in reports of shots fired in a short amount of time.
On May 1, a drive-by shooting took
place on 1927 West 18th
No witnesses came forward. At this
time police have no leads.
On May 9, the attempted homicide of
Reyna Torres occurred near the 600 block of East 25th Street. Today, two
people are behind bars in connection to this shooting.
On May 14, several shots were fired
near the 600 block of east Robin lane and Jennifer Silva was shot and killed in
her home on the 100 block of South
10th Avenue. No arrest have been made
at this time.
And on May 15, two cars and one
window were hit by bullets. No one was hurt.
Right now, police say there is not
enough evidence to suggest any of these shootings are connected.
As for why they are happening,
police say the economy plays a role in crime as well as gang activity.
Sgt. Worthen says they will address
the public's concerns once they have all the facts.
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