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Week of bloodshed: 5 violent crimes in Huntsville

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Four shootings and a beating have taken place in five days. Four shootings and a beating have taken place in five days.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It has been a violent and deadly week in Huntsville. There have been four shootings and a fatal beating in the past five days.

All together, the violence has left three dead and four injured. Police have made arrests in three of the five cases.

On Monday, Robert Hewlett was killed and another teen was injured in an early morning shooting on Belvoir Drive and Bluecrest Street. Police arrested Shawn Ford in connection with the crime.

Later Monday night, gunfire erupted on Monticello Drive during an attempted robbery. One of the robbers identified as John Colvin was killed and a robbery victim was injured. No arrests have been made.

On Wednesday, a woman was shot in the leg on Brahan Avenue when a gun was fired during a fight. Two suspects fled the scene. One was injured after falling out of a tree. Both were taken into police custody.

On Thursday, a person was shot in the neck on Mason Court. No arrests have been made in the case.

Late Thursday night, Joseph Atkinson was beaten to death during a fight on Shepherd Drive. Jamie King and Thomas Martin were arrested and charged in connection to the case on Friday.

The spike in violence has residents and city officials concerned.

"The heat of the summer is when you always have some of your worst crimes. Our police are taking this very seriously. They are getting on the streets and working harder than they ever have before. I think we will see this is an anomaly, but it is something that is very serious to us," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle in response to these crimes.

The deadly beating on Shepherd Drive is the 17th homicide of the year in Huntsville. Four of those murders remain unsolved. One of them happened this week on Monticello Drive.

WAFF 48 went back to that street today and talked with neighbors who say the fact no arrests have been made makes them feel uneasy.

Dave Sales has lived on Monticello Drive for more than 40 years. He said the shooting that happened just a few doors down is mind boggling because violence like this is rare.

"Huntsville has really changed. I'm a native Huntsvillian and it's scary because it is getting to the point where I don't want to go anywhere. I sure don't want my mother, my wife, my kids, or my nieces and nephews to be out without an adult close by," said Sales.

Sales is thankful his family is okay, but he is concerned about all the kids who live in the neighborhood and play outside. He is also concerned a shooting could happen again, although he believes this was an isolated incident.

Sales hopes the murder on Monticello Drive is solved soon. He would like an update on the investigation from police.

"I applaud them for what they do, but I would like to know a little bit more about what's going on, as far as any arrests in this case. Bullets have no eyes and I just hope that we have seen the last of the bullets. I know we have not, but I just hope and pray it's not in this area anymore," said Sales.

We will keep you updated on air and online when arrests are made in the remaining unsolved cases.

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