Midtown Residents Call for Change After Latest Shooting

Published 07/09 2014 03:17PM

Updated 07/09 2014 11:00PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) -- A shooting Tuesday night in St. Joseph's Midtown area has some residents fed up with violence.

"It's a tragedy that it happened," said Midtown resident Angela Watson. "It's stupid that it happened. It never needs to go that far."

Growing up in the area, Watson has heard about crime her whole life.

She says some Midtown residents hesitate to help police because of fear of retaliation.

"People talk about snitches and stuff like that. So, I mean there might be that sort of fear," she said.

"If they're afraid of some sort of retribution or something like that, that's common," St. Joseph Police Department Captain Jeff Wilson said.

But Watson says it's time for people to speak up.

"Be brave enough to be that person," she said. "You're not just snitching. You're actually standing up for somebody."

Police say the safest way to help is to call the TIPS hotline.

"That TIPS hotline has helped us solve quite a few crimes," said Wilson. "There's no name taken down, unless they want to leave a name, but there's no name associated with it."

Watson says the beginning of a new chapter in the Midtown area starts with each individual resident.

"We're all in this together," she said.

A suspect has been arrested in connection to Tuesday night's shooting on 19th and Charles but the case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 238-TIPS.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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