“I don't know what to think, you know? I love this place,” said Ronnie Robinson, who came to Old Town on Sunday to watch a movie with her husband.
But another case of shots fired in the Old Town area has some Wichitans worried, even if they're not ready to give up on one of the city's most popular spots. Meanwhile police continue to look at how to make the area safer for everyone.
This weekend's shooting was the third in as many weeks. And just looking at a map you can see how they all happened within the same general area. That fits a pattern officers uncovered last April.
Joyce Johnson works at Bella Luz, one of many stores in the Old Town area.
“I have no fear, walking to the car, walking down the street for someone,” Johnson said. “And I feel a lot like our customers feel safe here as well.”
This recent increase in cases of shots fired in the Old Town district apparently hasn't affected business yet.
“The merchants in the area seem to be doing the same business that they have throughout the summer,” said Johnson.
But the three incidents in as many weeks definitely have people talking.
“I'm sad that that kind of crazy stuff happens because that'll change the atmosphere down here,” said Robinson.
Last April, after another series of shootings that included an officer involved fatal shooting, Wichita police surveyed local businesses to determine where the problem areas were.
“We walked all of the streets. totally mapped out the area,” said Deputy Chief Tom Stolz at the time.
It showed that while Old Town is a 28 block area, the vast majority of problems happen within a four block section of the neighborhood, from 100 to 400 North Mosley, mainly between midnight and two a-m.
These most recent cases fall within or close to the problem area police identified in that survey.
“Quickly, surgically figure out that is where our bulk of crime issues, if you will, were happening,” added Stolz.
Police are working with businesses in the area with the most crime on ways to improve safety.
“I do think that it'll give the whole area a bad reputation,” said Tommie Robinson.
Meanwhile, Wichitans are still enjoying one of their favorite places in town.
“I feel safe,” said Johnson.
Wichita police have since increased their presence in the Old Town area, specifically those four blocks with the most problems on weekend nights.
Officers were able to make an arrest almost immediately in this third shooting. They had already responded to an unrelated call in the area when they heard the shots and then saw a car driving off.