Reading residents react to recent shootings

Reading residents want to take their streets back

READING, Pa. - It's been a violent month in Reading, with four deadly shootings to date and residents want to  take their streets back.

People say something has to be done, so young people stop dying in the streets.

All of the victims this month were under the age of 30.

If things don't change..and fast ... some say they'll be out of here ... for good.

"I want my city back.  I want to feel safe. I want to take my kids out. I don't even want her to grow up in Reading. I want to take her way from here," said resident Tonya Dixon, who has three children

There were four deadly shootings in Reading, in just four weeks. The most recent, just a day ago.

Police say a 24-year-old man was shot and killed here in the 200 block of South 13th street.

The shooting has been linked to a robbery police say happened hours earlier.

Just last weekend, police found a 22-year-old man dead in the 400 block of Schuylkill Avenue.

That's where Steven Vanwhy lives with his wife and three children.

Vanwhy said, "My wife was there, witnessed it, heard it. It's a reoccurring thing, a fight and then a shooting."

Earlier in the month, residents of the 1000 block of Chestnut Street were awakened by as many as 30 shots.

Police say those firings were what killed a 28-year-old man, and injured another.

On June 1st, police found a 20-year-old man dead of multiple gunshot wounds between these two homes in the 11 hundred block of Mulberry Avenue.

In one month...four men dead. All of them in their 20s.

"It's the young people around here, it's the influence, the city influence, they need people to look up to,' said Vanwhy.

The most recent incident marks the *5th* deadly shooting in Reading this year.

Residents  say the city needs to pull together, before those numbers skyrocket.

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