CLEVELAND - We're not used to seeing much crime in the dead of winter, the cold weather should be keeping criminals in check.
Only News 5 has been digging into why this winter is different and why criminals are targeting a specific type of community.
They're called fringe neighborhoods. People living in communities around the edges of Cleveland's city limits.
Traditionally these are quieter parts of town, but now the people who live here are living in fear.
Home windows riddled with bullet holes — they're the images that often spark new rounds of violence on the streets of Cleveland.
"We have boots on the ground to stop it from escalating," said Jeffrey Crosby, Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance.
On most days, when classes at Collinwood High School end you will find a handful of ambassadors from the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance mingling among a sea of students working to build relationships and prevent retaliation.
Jeffrey Crosby, a violence interrupter, is busy these days.
"There's been an uptick in violence," he said.
Crosby and his team focus their efforts on hot spots, which this week was Pawnee Avenue on the Cleveland-Euclid border.