Dubuque To Host Community Meeting Following Downtown Violence

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - City leaders in Dubuque and neighbors are meeting Thursday night to discuss recent violence and plans to increasing security.

Dubuque City Council Member Lynn Sutton, along with the Downtown Neighborhood Association will host the community meeting in response to last week's gun violence.

Sutton said the purpose of the meeting is to bring neighbors together to with city leaders to share information.

13 men have been arrested after three separate reports of shots fired in the Jackson Park area. One man, Michael Lewis, 29 has been charged with terrorism after police say he fired shots at a crowd of people near that park.

"The point of the meeting is to just sit back and listen to each other. I want people to come with a positive attitude," Sutton said. "Don't come with accusations. Don't come pointing fingers."

Less than a week after giving birth, Veatrice Markham heard gunfire right outside her window.

Markham said, "It was really dangerous because me and my brand new baby and my little daughter we had just come inside the house. "

She says things have calmed down since police arrested more than a dozen men. Still she's interested to learn how the city plans to help.

Sutton said, "There's a possibility that there will be some cameras put in the area because as much as you want more police on foot, as we know they wait until police leave and that's when things happen. "

Sutton is asking people to air their concerns at the meeting rather than on social media.

"if people do see something happening, you need to call it in," said Sutton, "Don't put it on Facebook,please. "

Markham hopes the meeting will be a good thing.

"This in not Chicago, so I really think this is something that would really help, " said Markham.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Community Center.
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