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Sioux City police say the public is safe even after a series of shootings

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Sioux City Police ask people to report any suspicious activity on their street if they're concerned. Sioux City Police ask people to report any suspicious activity on their street if they're concerned.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Within one month, Sioux City has had three shootings.  Police said all three are related, including the latest shooting, Tuesday morning.

Felix Navarette was shot during a SWAT mission to serve his arrest warrant related to Saturday's fatal shooting on West 27th Street and concern is rising in the community.

Sioux City Police Lieutenant Mark Kirkpatrick told KTIV the general public shouldn't be concerned for their safety. He insists that all of the incidents involve a group of what he calls "acquaintances."

"These aren't random acts of violence committed against unsuspecting citizens. They happen to all know each other," Lt. Kirkpatrick said.

The acts of violence Lt. Kirkpatrick with the Sioux City Police Department is referring to include the Oak Street shooting on January 3 and two incidents that happened at 507 West 27th Street. In the November shooting, two died. This past Saturday, police found 32-year old Rodney Houston lying in the driveway of this same home with a gunshot wound to the chest.

"I would describe the two incidents that happened on West 27th Street as being between a group of acquaintances," Lt. Kirkpatrick said.

And, when it comes to safety in this area, Lieutenant Kirkpatrick said people have nothing to worry about.

"I would tell people that live in that immediate neighborhood that that house has changed ownership or is in the process of changing ownership, and these people are no longer associated with that address," Lt. Kirkpatrick said.

The police department said uniform patrol is paying closer attention to the West side of Sioux City at this point. But, beyond that, Lieutenant Kirkpatrick said it's important for people to play a role in their safety, and report any kind of suspicious activity to police.

"If you know your neighbors, and you know your neighborhood, you know what's unusual, what's peculiar, what's out of place, and that's where we ask for your assistance," Lt. Kirkpatrick said.

There have been questions about how the criminals are associated and there are no exact details of what prompted one person to shoot another.

Although specific group-related graffiti was found inside the West 27th Street home, Lt. Kirkpatrick said they do not consider it a gang related issue.

And, as of now, the police department said there are a lot of leads they've received regarding the investigation. They will continue to track down all of them.

On Tuesday, police said they would release the officer's name who shot Navarette, but on Wednesday they decided to keep that information private to protect the officer's safety.

Police said Samantha Levering, who was expected to be a "person of interest" in the homicide investigation on Tuesday, is no longer considered to have a connection.

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