Richmond apartment riddled with bullets

March 25, 2010 6:55:45 PM PDT
A Richmond family is on edge after bullets ripped through their apartment Wednesday night. Several family members were inside, including children. Miraculously, no one was hurt in the shooting, which happened in the 4700 block of Hartnett Avenue near Carlson.

Crescent Park Apartments is a well-manicured community, and residents say it is also a nice place to live. But even in this community, it's hard to avoid the shootings, which happen so frequently in Richmond.

Sometime after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, shots were fired from an assault weapon into an apartment across the street.

Witnesses say dozens of shots were then exchanged between two groups in a running gun battle just outside Tiffany Burroughs' home.

"Unfortunately, these suspects have no regard for anybody else's property or life so if they go after somebody, they're going to do it by all means," Sgt. Bisa French from the Richmond Police Department said.

At least one round pierced the wall of Burroughs' family home. Her mother Constance Goodwin wanted to show ABC7 the bullet's trajectory.

"It penetrated through the wall, came all the way through here, ricocheted through here, pierced the picture, came through, grazed the wall, then nicked the verticals over here," she said. "Then from there it hit that wall. You can see a tiny little spot right here and then it landed right here on the floor."

Goodwin says her 5-year-old granddaughter and 17-year-old son were also in the house.

"We see so much violence that you pray every day that it doesn't hit you," she said.

Coincidentally, the cul-de-sac was the scene of a high profile shooting just eight months ago. One teenager was killed and three others were wounded.

Police recovered more than 100 rounds that day. The slugs hit cars, apartment walls and windows.

Crescent Park is a large housing complex where police in the past have launched outreach programs to help residents fight crime.

"It is unfortunately, the result of some outsiders from different sets of communities coming here and bringing the violence home to us," Residence Council president Elana Bolds said.

There are no injuries and police have yet to make any arrests.

Ironically, police say the city's shot spotter system, which records audio of gun shots, happened to be down in that area right at the time of the shooting. The shot spotter usually helps investigators figure out location and number of shots fired, and where it came from, like from a car, or building.


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