MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A family of 9 is living in a constant state of fear.
Wednesday, while seven kids were inside, shooters sprayed the house with eight bullets.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
There are bullet holes all over one Timber Pines apartment unit. The 9mm caliber shells pierced windows, the railing, and the bricks.
“Someone could've gotten killed. Innocent kids and babies, you know,” said Derrick, who lives in the same apartment complex.
There were seven kids inside the home. The youngest was 11-years-old. One woman inside the apartment complex was pregnant.
The damage to the apartment is temporary. Bullet holes can be repaired. A child’s innocence cannot be.
“What did you do when you heard the gunshots,” asked FOX13’s Zach Crenshaw.
“I fell and I hit my head on the couch,” said an 11-year-old who lives in the complex.
“How long did it last?”
“Like 30 seconds,” the boy replied.
On his first day of summer, the elementary school student was not thinking about going to the pool or riding his bike.
“What if they do it again? Is somebody going to get hit if they do it again?” he wondered aloud.
Nearby parents, like Derrick, are just as concerned.
“It actually has my son shook up because now he is scared to really come out. He doesn't like to come out because of all this shooting, he doesn't know who to trust. You don't know if you're going to get a phone call saying your son got shot.”
The property has cameras, and detectives hope it will lead to suspects and arrests.
Feet away from the bullet holes, the complex posted a sign offering a reward for information that leads to arrests involving crimes on property. It’s one thing for kids to hear gunfire every night, like far too many Memphis kids do. It’s another to have those bullets come through their windows.
“Do you feel safe,” asked FOX13.
“Uhn-hn,” the boy replied, shaking his head.
The sense of safety is gone, at least the family of nine still has their lives and each other.
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