KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Do you ever wonder how safe you are in your neighborhood? New mapping tools are making finding that out even easier, and paint a bleak picture about the state of gun violence around the metro.
The Gun Violence Archive, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit agency cites more than 12,000 gun deaths and 25,000 injuries so far in 2015 nationwide. In today’s high-tech era, all of those shootings are able to be plotted on maps. But behind each one of those dots, is a person, either missing a loved one, or living with the scars from a bullet.
“I was on life support, I had a tube in my throat had to learn to walk over again and everything,” Quamayne Frazier said.
Frazier was shot walking down the same Indiana Avenue he was walking down on Thursday. It’s his 19th birthday. He says he should be enjoying the full ride to college he received to play basketball, but everything changed in the seconds it took for someone to pull a trigger.
“It was pointless, it was over nothing,” he said.
Minutes after FOX 4 talked to Frazier, another man was shot Thursday the next street over on College Avenue.
It’s a shooting scene that’s repeated itself over and over again this year in the neighborhood, the gun violence map shows.
Mary Jackson saw two people killed, another injured next door to her home on College Avenue in July.
“I said something to the people after it happened, and they were like well it happens everyday," she said.
Kansas City, Mo., Police have interactive maps for crime too and encourage people to use them.
“We should be paying attention to what’s going on around us and be trying to do something about it,” Captain Tye Grant said.
“I couldn’t say for sure if it would really help, because maybe they are used to it, I’m not and I don’t want it where I live,” Jackson said.