‘This is just nonsense’: Neighbors hoping local teen makes full recovery after shooting

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Davenport police are trying to find whoever’s behind the shooting of a 16-year-old boy Thursday night.

Police were called to the 1500 block of Fillmore Street around 9:10p.m.

They arrived to find a teen suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.

On Friday, a few of the neighbors say gunfire in their area is nothing new. 

But 17-year-old Leon Simpson says he was surprised to learn that this time the victim was a friend of his. 

Simpson says when he saw flashing lights outside his home he walked out to see what was going on. 

“And they’re like we have reports of a shots fired and one person injured.”

He says he quickly learned he knew the victim.

“It was one of my old friends…And then I got on Facebook and I saw all the posts and I was like all prayers out to him.”

The violence is something this high schooler says he sees among his peers all the time. 

Local 4 News asked why he thinks local teens are turning to gun violence.

“I don’t know. A lot of people done been dying the last few years and I just feel like it’s about just beef,” said Simpson. “They just don’t like each other.” 

And he says it won’t change unless the system does.

“It’s probably kids that are getting locked up and they keep letting back out right away,” said Simpson. “And they know what they doing. But the life they live, they live in the cell so they like ‘well, I know how I feel so there ain’t no point in me stopping what I’m doing because I could just go back and I’m used to it.'” 

On Friday, neighbor Annette Munoz said her heart goes out to the victim’s family.

“I’ve lost my daughter,” said Munoz. “I can’t imagine these people at the hospital right now how they’re feeling you know? With their son fighting for his life.”

Munoz’s daughter was just 18-years-old when she was killed in a car accident on River Drive back in 2014.

“It still hurts,” she said. “It’s still hard. It still breaks my heart…And that was an accident. I mean this is just nonsense.”

Now she hopes the community will come together to make sure no one else feels the same pain.

“I one hundred percent think that this neighborhood needs somebody to help them,” she said.

And for now they say they’re praying another life won’t be taken too soon.

Thursday night’s shooting marks at least nine gun violence incidents in Davenport in the last three weeks alone. 

Davenport police say the investigation is on-going. They are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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