Horsman Shootings Spark Change in Neighborhood

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As Rockford Police look the for shooter or shooters involved in two-drive by shootings this week on Horsman Street some in the area are working on making the neighborhood a safer place to live.

Some people who live on Horsman and the streets surrounding it call this week’s shootings a disappointing step in the wrong direction after years of working to turn the neighborhood around.

John Nichols and Allison Tarzian say they hear gunshots on a regular basis, but the bullets never been as close as they were this week, basically in the couple’s backyard. They say overall it’s a good neighborhood and it's been a labor of love for them and their friends who have been working for the last few years to make it better through gardening and picking up trash and debris.

"Having a nice clean area really reflects what kind of people we are and what kind of people we're going to attract to the area you can really show a good example to others around you. Hopefully it’s contagious," Nichols said.

Nichols and Tarzian say they believe the police are doing everything they can to keep the area safe. They say it’s up to them and others to keep the momentum going and continue improving their neighborhood.

Police think Thursday’s shooter was in a gray Pontiac G6. Investigators say there were two black men and a blond haired woman in the car.

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