Week of violent crime in the River City

By Audrey Wise

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The Peoria Police Department is busy after a week of violent crime all over the city.

Tuesday afternoon a Peoria High School student was shot near Peoria Street. Thursday morning two people were fatally shot in their home on Margaret street. There was also a home invasion in the Weaver Ridge subdivision that same morning. Another shooting in broad daylight left one man injured Thursday afternoon on Arago street.

This makes for a hectic week for police officers and detectives.

"The investigative work behind it to try and solve the crimes, I mean the guys are putting in a lot of hours. You have to address each one, you can't ignore any of them," said Capt. Mike Scally.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis called it 'a bad week'.

"This is an unfortunate reminder that we have a lot of work to do," he said.

City councilmembers call it disappointing and concerning.

At-large councilman Ryan Spain said, "These instances of the last several days are really terrible tragedies for our community. I don't think they're typical. They are certainly not usual."

Police don't think the average citizen should be concerned. They believe the majority of the crimes are aimed at people involved with gangs and drugs.

"Not all of them, but a lot of them, it seems like the person who's the victim of the crime has been targeted or involved in a lifestyle that would lead them to be the victim of a crime and I think that as long as you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property you should be fine," said Capt. Scally.

Still, city and police officials are asking everyone to remain vigilant.

"The more that we have everyone continuing to interact with each other when we see issues, when you see something suspicious you need to call the police department," said Councilman Spain.

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