LAWRENCE — A South Lawrence three-family home was riddled with gunfire early Monday morning, with a hail of bullets blasting out windows and landing in children’s bedrooms and lodging in walls and doors throughout the house, police said.
At least 12 rounds struck one side of the three-story home on East Cambridge Street. Police estimate the shots were fired from the corner of East Cambridge and Phillips streets and are now working to enhance surveillance video that was rolling at that time and captured the shooting.
Police asked that the exact address of the home and its occupants not be identified as it’s unclear why the house was targeted and residents there are fearful of retaliation.
According to police, the surveillance video shows a dark colored vehicle slow and stop in front of the house at 1:55 a.m. Monday. A front seat passenger gets out of the car as the interior light inside immediately dims. The passenger then leans on the car roof, raises his arms towards the house and “...It appears shots are fired,” Officer Carl Farrington wrote in his report.
The gunman fires again and then jumps back into the car, which speeds away southbound on Phillips Street, Farrington wrote.
Pedestrians and other cars are seen in the area during the shooting, he added.
A 17-year-old girl living on the third floor of the house said she was awakened by what she thought were fireworks. But when she went to bed Monday night, she found a discharged bullet in her bed. It appears the bullet came through a bedroom window, above an air conditioning unit, then ricocheted off a wall and landed in her bed. Another bullet was found nearby on a staircase, according to Farrington’s report.
A first-floor resident said a bullet went through her children’s bedroom wall, through the door and lodged in a wall. Another round was fired through a window frame and got jammed in a door frame. The woman told police she had just set up bunk beds in the room. If she hadn’t “her son would have been sleeping right where the bullet came through,” Farrington wrote. “She reports no one would be after her or anyone in her family.”
Another tenant said he was awakened at the time of the shooting and “heard the sound of glass breaking and possibly gun fire.” The man said he checked his son to make “sure he was breathing” and then his car for damage. He didn’t immediately find anything disturbed so he went to bed.
Later, when his landlord asked if he could inspect the home for damage, he discovered two windows were shot out in a children’s play room and his son’s bedroom. One bullet was lodged in a closet door and another found on the floor, police said. Again, the man told police no one would be after him or anyone in his family.
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