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Residents want change after 2 shot in Charleston

This is one of a number of bullet hole seen in side of Raymond Ivy's Charleston home. (Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS) This is one of a number of bullet hole seen in side of Raymond Ivy's Charleston home. (Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS)
Raymond Ivy points to a bullet hole in his house. Raymond Ivy points to a bullet hole in his house.
One of Ivy's many complaints is that the police substation across the street from his home has sat empty for more than two years. One of Ivy's many complaints is that the police substation across the street from his home has sat empty for more than two years.
CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) -

The Charleston Department of Public Safety is investigating after two people were injured and vehicles were shot in two shootings early Sunday morning.

Officers responded to the area of Tenth and Helena streets around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

A 17-year-old and 23-year-old, both of Charleston, were shot and taken to area medical facilities non-life threatening injuries.

Neither is cooperating with the investigation, according to Charleston DPS.

Officers also responded to a report of a second shooting at 4 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Gail and Walhausen streets.

Officers found two vehicles that had been struck by stray gunfire. No victims have come forth from the second shooting. No witnesses have been located.

Raymond Ivy and his two children live in a home that still bears bullet holes from past shootings.

Ivy has a YouTube channel devoted to increasing awareness for violence in Charleston.

"I personally feel threatened." Ivy explained. "and I'm gonna tell you why. This one here..." Ivy said as he pointed to his daughter. "She's 9 years old. Me and my family feel threatened."

"I feel how parents feel," Charleston resident Nigel Easton explained. "I lost a son to violence here. But when we feel the loss and the pain of losing them, we also have to take accountability for when we send them out of here. Do we send them out of here the right way?"

One of Ivy's many complaints is that the police substation across the street from his home has sat empty for more than two years.

DPS Chief Robert Hearnes explained the substation didn't act as much of a crime deterrent when it was open, and was closed due to a lack of funds.

Hearnes also explained he recently ordered a significant increase in patrol throughout the community, partially in response to the two weekend shootings.

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