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Church members disappointed after weekend shootings

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Aubrey Bufkin Jr. was taking his mother to church Sunday morning when he saw police searching for shell casings near Dorr and Lawrence.   He knew it meant someone had been shot over the holiday weekend.

"I wish it would stop," says Bufkin. "Today was a senseless act of violence that doesn't need to take place anymore, it just needs to stop."

Other members at Greater St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church share his feelings.   Their building is just a few blocks away from the scene of the earlier Sunday shooting on Fernwood Avenue near Wells.   Police say someone fired shots from a car window around 11:30 a.m., hitting one man in the groin.   A little while later someone else retaliated with gun fire, sending one of the shooters to the hospital.

"It's almost like a vicious circle, it's got to stop," says Roberta Hughes who attends the church.  "It's got to stop."

On Saturday night, officers responded to a similar call on the 800 block of Vance.  Crews found one gun shot victim, 28-year-old Robert Harris, who later died at Mercy St. V's.   So far no suspects are in custody for either shooting.  Investigators do not believe the Saturday and Sunday shootings are related.

Police are still looking for answers, while members at St. Mary's wonder if there will ever be enough to explain the violence.

"You just can't say it's just another shooting," says Hughes. "That's another human life that's been taken, you never get used to it."

Toledo Police say they are investigating the Vance St. shooting as a murder.  Anyone with information about any of these crimes can leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stopper Tip Line at 419-255-1111.