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Shots fired near Cincinnati Entertainment District as area residents press for action

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) –El Paso Police responded to a call of shots fired near the Cincinnati Entertainment District in West El Paso early Tuesday morning.

Police say nobody was injured but a 46-year-old man was taken into custody. EPPD said the suspect shot into the air and was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm in certain municipality.

As crimes continue in the popular nightlife area, people who live near the bar district continue repeating concerns.

“This is a crime district, very little entertainment here at all,” Keith Pannell, a Kern Place resident, said.

Kern Place residents have been voicing concerns after several violent crimes have been reported in the area. In February, KTSM reported police were investigating a murder outside a bar Chino Chido. At the time of the story, residents told KTSM they wanted to see action from city officials.

Nearly two months later, more people in the area told KTSM nothing has changed.

“There shouldn’t be a region this close to houses, 100 feet, close to families, families with children live there,” Pannell said.

Crime concerns near the Cincinnati area were a lead talking point at a police virtual town hall last week, where the public comments were dominated with concerns.

KTSM set up an interview Tuesday with El Paso City Council District One Representative Peter Svarzbien, as the bar area is in his district. His office notified he had to cancel at the last minute but he issued a statement instead:

My office has been made aware of the issues in the Cincinnati District, many of which existed before I was elected into office. The safety of our community members is my top priority.  I also want to continue to work with stakeholders, including the Kern Place Neighborhood Association, to come up with short, medium

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