Sunday night's shooting has south side residents scared
Reporter: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sunday night police say three heavily armed men fired at them at a carwash near Irvington and Liberty. Officers were able to capture two, but as of Tuesday, one is still on the loose.
Resident Francisco De La Cruz says this recent violence doesn't surprise him. "We're on the southside you know, weve been up and down all the time, stuff like this happens all the time around here," said De La Cruz.
9 OYS went to ask neighborhood residents about the recent crime. Six residents said they are concerned that crime is increasing in the Sunnyside Neighborhood.
Helena Montoya has lived in the neighborhood for over a decade. She said "the neighborhood is pretty much the same -its respectful, but you do hear sirens and gunshots."
9 OYS also spoke to one man who wouldn't give his name but said the violence is incredible - its getting worse everyday.
What are community leaders doing to stomp out crime?
Beki Quintero is the president of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association who says this summer's crime is worse than years' past, but its not only the south side.
"Like TPD tells us, we are their eyes, so if we do see something, we do need to do our part and make sure we make that phone call to 911 and say there is suspicious activity, there is someone hanging out that shouldn't be here, we need to be responsible and help tpd find the criminals," said Quintero.
City Councilmember Regina Romero told 9OYS will be working with southside businesses to change the perception of the area. She said violence is not only a problem for the south side of town, but also the whole city, state, and country.