STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The month of July brought an uptick in a new wave of dangerous crime in the city of Stamford.

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Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said in this latest and very dangerous trend, occupied houses are coming under gunfire at night.

“These people are shooting into occupied houses, particularly bedrooms, to try to get to their victim, and when they shoot these bullets, they ricochet around. They go into all areas of the house and there’s a high potential of killing someone or hitting an innocent person in another apartment,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

The lieutenant said that though police actively investigate these cases, they’re getting no cooperation.

He said people who don’t want to get involved tell police they’ll handle it themselves.

“It’s pretty much a culture where people believe that if they tell the police, they’re going to be labeled snitches. They also believe that if they get involved, they’re going to have to testify,” he said. “Basically, they don’t want retaliation. If they make a report to the police, they think somebody is going to retaliate against them.”

But police say if they’re going to crack this, they’re going to need information, even if it’s offered anonymously.

You can contact the Stamford Police Department at 203-977-4444.

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