Shots ring out at Logan Park on Peoria's south side; no one injured

By Mark Bullion

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- City officials released a report last week showing that shootings in Peoria are down from last year but after a shooting Wednesday morning on Peoria's south side, some residents said the gun fire is still too prevalent in their communities.

The shooting occurred at Logan Park and a group of Peoria Park District workers witnessed it all.

Park officials said the shooter fired at one person who was able to dodge the bullets but stray bullets did strike a Peoria Park District truck in the area.

Four nearby workers took cover during the incident and were unharmed.

Park District officials say safety is one of their top priorities not only their employees, but also residents who enjoy the various parks.

"All of our employees who work with the public and in our facilities are certainly trained in security procedures and we have regular security checks by our police as well as other people who are hired to maintain security," said Peoria Park District Public Relations and Marketing Superintendent Cyndy McKone.

According to one neighbor, gun violence in the area of Starr and Livingston is very prevalent. She said parents need to be more proactive in knowing what their kids are up to at all times.

"You see all these kids walking up and down the street as soon as school gets out until 11 or 12 at night walking the streets, walking with their gangs, the mouths on them, no respect for anyone whatsoever," said Lynelle Duits.

Duits said gunfire consistently occurs in her neighborhood and unfortunately, she has to stay inside her home most of the time for fear of getting shot.

As far as trying to curb the gun violence, Duits said she has seen the Peoria Police Department's Armadillo out in her neighborhood but she said it simply is not enough.