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Cause of Fatal Shooting Doesn't Surprise Locust Ave. Residents

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After two innocent people were gunned down with two suspected drug dealers, residents of Locust Avenue are worried about the violence, but are not surprised that it happened or that it is likely connected to drugs.

Read the latest information on the shooting here.

Resident Malcolm Bouldin got a call from his fiancee when she heard the gunshots, and came home to find two bodies lying in the street, surrounded by police, fire and EMS crews.

"There's been problems with drugs coming in and out of that area," Bouldin said, "Even with people calling about this house and to our feelings, nothing's been done about it and now we have to come home or wake up to bodies on our street."

Other neighbors told us they knew drugs have been flowing through the house.

"It's surprising, but at the same time it could have been prevented, if they would have done something about it a long time ago," Bouldin said.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office, which leads the Greater Harrison Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, declined to comment citing an ongoing investigation.

Two of the deceased, father and son Fred and Freddy Swiger, were delivering papers, as they had done for more than a decade on that street. Friday morning, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The brutality of it has rattled residents.

"It's definitely kind of scary I mean, especially this close to home," Crystal Roth, another resident, said. "Obviously people didn't make it, devastating the families, I'm sure."

The Swigers were delivering the Exponent-Telegram.

The company's president, Brian Jarvis, issued a statement Friday morning which said, in part:

"They... cared very deeply about their customers. Further, their customers cared very deeply about them from the calls this morning. They built a connection with people that was unique and special in every regard."

Stay with 12 News for updates on the investigation.

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