SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Although Sunday’s early morning incident is set to be Sioux City’s second largest shooting of 2021, numbers are down, overall.
On Sunday morning, Sioux City police were called to 427 Pierce Street, ab after-hour club, for a report of shots fired.
“Investigators have determined that two groups have become involved in an argument or disturbance in the club and then there was an exchange of gunfire after that,” Sgt. Jeremy McClure said.
However, Sioux City police said reports in almost all categories have decreased within the past 10 months.
There were four murders in 2021 compared to last year’s total of six. 14 people have been shot this year. In 2020, there were 19.
The total number of shots fired calls have decreased from 223 to 156, though officers said not every call is a confirmed gun shot.
“2020 was an extremely violent year, this is a trend we’ve seen nationally. Now going into 2021, it seems like our violence is starting to trend a little bit lower than what it was trending last year, however, we have had some rather sensational cases that have come up,” said McClure.
McClure said the most important thing is getting criminals off the street.
“We have two groups of people that are willing to shot at each other in addition have no regard for the people around them in a crowded building. Obviously were dealing with people that have very little value for human life,” McClure said.
But, McClure needs the public’s help in doing so.
“We’re still working to determine if any of the victims were involved in the exchange of gunfire and some of them were innocent bystanders.”
The Sioux City police say they still don’t have anyone in custody regarding Sunday’s shooting. If anyone has information, call 712-258-TIPS.