Neighbors worry violence is on the rise in their small town

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ)- Some people in Winchester are wondering how safe their city is anymore after a shooting in broad daylight yesterday afternoon between two car loads of people.

Some people in Winchester are wondering how safe their city is anymore after a shooting in broad daylight yesterday afternoon between two car loads of people.

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Police say it happened around four o’ clock off First Street following an argument between the two groups.

One person was shot, three were arrested.

ABC 36 News went back to the scene Thursday to talk to neighbors who worry this is just the latest in what seems to be an increase in gun violence in the city.



Madonna Cooper spent her Thursday afternoon checking the outside of her house for bullet holes.

“I’m praying that I don’t see nothing though,” said Cooper.

When the shooting happened off First Street Wednesday, Cooper was at work.

“I was just praying that whoever got shot was okay but I also wanted to make sure that no bullet holes had hit my house because that was one thing I don’t want to have to come home to,” said Cooper.

Luckily for Cooper, her house was one of the few on the block that did not get hit.

“Yeah it looks okay. Yeah I don’t think that’s a bullet hole. I hope not anyway,” said Cooper.

For Cooper, this isn’t just any house, back in 2001 Habitat for Humanity helped her build and move her family into this home.

“It’s a quiet place to live. I mean you can leave your door unlocked and wake up and everything’s still there,” said Cooper.

But recently, Cooper says that has changed.

With last year’s high profile murder of two Winchester teenage girls and now this, Cooper says she’s scared to keep her family here.

“My two youngest grand kids which are two and three. It’s frightening to have them here knowing, you know bullets don’t have eyes so, you know what if one of those bullets had hit my house and I had my grand kids there?” said Cooper.

Cooper says it’s that thought that keeps repeating in her head and despite her deep connection to this house she helped build, she may try to move.

“I mean I trust in God for everything so, if it comes to the point where I am financially able to move I will. I just don’t, I’m not happy being down here,” said Cooper.

We reached out to Winchester Police for their take on people’s safety concerns and what’s being done about it, but we haven’t heard back.