Aug 12, 2015 7:00 PM

Neighbors say gang members are living on Stevens Avenue in Nashua

NASHUA - People living near Stevens Avenue in Nashua said they believe their neighbors - who live in the building where gun shots were fired Tuesday - are gang members.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said she walks down the neighboring bike path every day, and between the number of cars and people coming and going from the house, something very suspicious is happening.

Another woman said she can't wait until the residents are kicked out of their apartment.

Sadier Montero, who lives next door, said she was preparing food for her children and relatives Tuesday when she heard six gun shots.

She waited to see if she heard screams for help.

The woman said she frequently hears people arguing in the residence.

"There's been a lot of disorder, fighting, and a lot of screaming involved and everything - and sometimes, we can't even sleep," Montero told NH1 News.

Despite Tuesday's events being the third gun related incident in 10 days, police in the Gate City said crime is actually decreasing in Nashua.

And statistics posted on their website prove it.

"It appears there are more shooting, shots fired, calls that we're responding to over the past several months, than I can remember from last summer," Lt. James Testaverde said. "But when I say that, we're still talking about a handful."

On Aug. 2, gun shots were reported on High Pine Avenue.

On Aug. 5, a teenager was shot in the foot during a drive-by on Central Street. The suspect in that incident has turned himself in to police.

Despite these incidents, Testaverde said Nashua - a community of 89,000 people - is still a safe place to live and work.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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