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Midtown neighbors want answers after hearing dozens of gunshots overnight

Bullet Hole
Posted at 4:57 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 19:39:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Midtown neighborhood wants answers after bullets were sprayed up and down the street overnight.

In the past, the neighborhood near Gillham Road and Locust Street in Kansas City, Missouri, has been quiet.

"This is a great neighborhood," Victoria Cherrie said. "It's walkable, people are friendly, we look out for each other."

Recently, however, neighbors said trouble has made its way to the neighborhood. Just before 3 a.m. Friday, residents reported hearing dozens of gunshots outside their homes.

"Over 20 shots, maybe even 30 shots were fired," Jennifer Matney said. "I look out the window and more shots are being fired and about six men come running to the car that's parked directly in front of my house."

Cherrie said she "immediately jumped out of bed and got on the floor with my dog."

Neighbors said police arrived shortly after the shots were fired. It wasn't until waking up Friday morning that neighbors saw the damage and a note on their cars with a case number from the Kansas City Police Department.

Chandra Martin got home shortly before the shooting happened. Despite the damage, she's grateful she made it inside.

"In my car right now there's five bullet holes where my head would have been, and one where my chest was," Martin said. "It's a little scary to think that it could have easily been me last night."

Police are investigating the shooting and working to determine if someone was shooting at a person, house or car. Officers also were patrolling the neighborhood throughout the day.