Beloit Police Say Calls for Shots Fired Are Down

BELOIT (WIFR) -- A Beloit woman is recovering after police say she was shot at a home. It's one of two shootings Thursday night officers are investigating.

Heather Lounsbury was sitting on her front porch Thursday night when she says she heard gun shots.

"I didn't really know what really happened until I heard police. Kind of scary," she said.

Beloit Police say a 25-year-old woman was shot at a home in the 700 block of Vine Street. It's the second shooting in this neighborhood in the last week and a half and it has Lounsbury on edge.

"A bullet has no name, you know, people who carry guns you know, they don't care who they shoot at," she said.

Beloit Police say many recent shootings should not be happening. Officers say many times it's over something trivial that can be worked out with words instead of bullets.

Investigators say through April of this year there have been 26 calls for shots fired. That's down about 50 percent compared to the same time last year when there were 52 calls.

"I heard more shootings this year than I did last year," Maurice Jones, a Beloit resident, said.

Despite the numbers officers know many feel the same as Maurice Jones. They say the perception of crime is high so cops are getting out in the community to put our minds at ease.

"By doing that we're able to educate the citizens of Beloit as to incidents that have occurred and actually reduce the fear of crime that’s occurring," Cpt. Dan Mollend, with the Beloit Police Department, said.

Lounsbury says she hopes she'll get that feeling of security back in her neighborhood soon.

Officers say that community interaction is helping keep the calls for shots fired down. As people see problems arise they call police and officers can then prevent situations from escalating.

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