Neighbors concerned about crime after Springfield homicide

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Neighbors say they remain concerned about crime in their area after a 70-year-old man is shot and killed in an alley in Springfield over the weekend.

According to police, the shooting happened in an alley near Rose Street and Clifton Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. 

One woman called 911 after hearing two gunshots. 

“I’m in my alley across the way, and the truck’s still running,” the caller told the dispatcher. “I guess somebody shot at them and they shot again.”

The driver of that truck, 70-year-old Howard Edley, sustained a gunshot wound and died at the scene, according to officials.

“We heard sirens,” said Michael Cornwell, who lives nearby. “I didn’t think nothing of it. And I looked down that way, and they were all down there at Clifton.”

Cornwell has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years and said he hears gunshots as often as two to three times a week. 

Cornwell said he believes it’s up to the people who live in the area to make their neighborhood safer.

“It’s going to be up to the people,” Cornwell said. “They have to take that step. First they got to change themselves. Other than that, people’s going to do what they’re going to do.”

No arrests have been made, and police are still working to identify a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Division at 937-324-7685.

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