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“What are we supposed to do?” – Stray bullets damage Peoria neighborhood

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In the wake of historic homicide numbers in Peoria, a shot-spotter alert might not get a lot of attention. But even when no people are hit, these events still create indirect victims.

When one Peoria resident heard the sound of 20 gun shots ring down her block she was grateful when she found out no one was hurt. But the bullet hole in her own car is a constant reminder, something needs to change.

"I cannot afford to lose my life nor the life of my 11 year old son due to the senseless violence that has riddled this neighborhood." said Peoria resident Tasha

The police report detailed a shot-spotter alert of 20 rounds on Wednesday at the intersection of Central and Archer. A bullet fragment was found in the street, glass from a car window can be seen down the block, and peices of window tint as well as part of a side mirror lay with the melting snow.

Tasha and her son were inside her home when it happened.

"The thought of my son being hurt while he's inside his house due to stray bullets, I cannot even fathom the thought of him not being here because of something so senseless."

A witness who saw the incident said a silver Pontiac Bonneville fired several shots but because of tinted windows, they couldn't identify anyone.

Now Tasha said she's left to pick up the pieces.

"There has to be something put in place for people that are just left stuck out here going what now, I have damage to my vehicle, I don't make a lot of money, what am I supposed to do. I can't sleep because I'm scared in my own house. What am I to do. Lead us, guide us, let us know what we're supposed to do."

No other property damage was found and there were no victims.

Insurance companies said something like a bullet hole would only be covered by insurance if you had comprehensive coverage just like hail or a tree in a storm. But if you only have liability, there is not much that can be done.

Kaitlin Pearson

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