The Evansville Police Department has released a map showing the shots fired incidents that have occurred between January and May. With a majority of the shots fired incidents occurring on the city's south side, the department is calling upon the community for support.
Evansville Police officers have responded to more than 400 shots fired runs so far this year. The number of people injured in those shootings is also up from last year, police said.
According to the shots fired map, a majority of the incidents have occurred in the neighborhoods that make up the city's south side. By relying on their training and a little bit of luck, Evansville Police have been able to respond to those calls without an serious injury to any officers, police said. EPD posted the map on it's Facebook page on Sunday hours after an Indianapolis Police officer and Gary Police officer were killed in the line of duty.
"We promise we will never back down from the criminals who want to terrorize our neighborhoods and we promise to stand with those who have said 'enough is enough,'" Sgt. Cullum said. "Now is the time for those who want to be called "leaders" in our community to take a stand with us. No more excuses, no more blame game, no more diversionary tactics, no more ignoring the truth. It is time to face the reality of this situation head on and hold those who are responsible for the violence accountable for their actions. If any of us fail to do so, then we all fail."