String of shootings shake the community

Yuma

String of shootings shake the community

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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 wave.

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 Lane.

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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