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'Shots fired' calls climb up to nearly 160 for 2017

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- A Little Rock teenager remains hospitalized after being shot multiple times over the New Year's Eve weekend. The incident happened near Peyton Street, south of Interstate 630.

That brought the number of shooting victims in the city in 2017 to nearly 160.

But police are calling the area a "hot spot" when it comes to shots fired calls; you can take a look for yourself on our interactive crime map found here: http://katv.com/station/crime-map.

"Peyton is an area that we frequent. We have been there on shootings before," Officer Steve Moore with Little Rock Police says these all-too-often weapon calls come as no surprise.

And it was no different early Saturday morning.

"We go there pretty much daily on shots fired in that area," Moore added.

A police report says a woman living on Peyton Street called 9-1-1 around three in the morning on a "suspicious person" in her front yard.

"Somebody [was] trying to climb into an individual's trash can, and in the car," Moore said, which was according to the woman.

That suspicious person turned out to be a 19-year-old by the name of Jimmie Lynn Clark Jr.

Police say he was shot several times on his right leg and had a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

"Some of his intestines were sticking out," Moore added.

The woman who'd called 9-1-1 on the teen tells Channel 7 that had she known it was a gunshot victim in her front yard, she would've helped him.

According to the police report, the woman said she'd heard multiple gunshots hours earlier.

But even earlier that evening, LRPD says they responded to two other shots fired calls; one on South Booker Street, and one on Howard Street.

"They're within three blocks of each other so it's possible that those two could be related," Moore explained.

Neighbors Channel 7 spoke with in the area say they constantly hear gunshots going off. Although no one felt comfortable going on camera, residents weren't even surprised hearing of the weekend's shootings. They say they keep safe by minding their own business and laying low.

Officer Moore says Jimmie Lynn Clark Jr. is expected to survive. Police are waiting on him to recover so they can talk to him and get more information.

Next week LRPD officers will begin 12-hour shifts in a continuing effort to cut down on violent crime.

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