Bullets narrowly miss mom, 2 kids in Chester

Gunfire broke out on a block in Chester and bullets narrowly missed two young children who were asleep in their home.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Gunfire broke out on a block in Chester and bullets narrowly missed two young children who were asleep in their home.

The children, a 2-year-old and 5-year-old, and their mother were asleep on the second floor of a home in the 700 block of Tilghman Street. The children were in the front bedroom.

Police say a gunman began firing toward the house, perhaps aiming for the house next door, or mistaking the address.

One of the bullets flew into the children's bedroom, narrowly missing the 2-year-old's crib.

The children's grandmother, who chose not to appear on-camera, says it was just too close a call.

"She called me and I couldn't understand what she was saying. She was crying, she was screaming. I didn't know what she was saying, all I heard that she was saying was there was a lot of shooting down here in Chester," she said.

Hours after the shooting, residents on the block are still counting bullets and their blessings as well.

"I want it to stop, it's got to stop. I don't know what it takes," said the grandmother.

It appears to have been a drive by. Witnesses say a man whose house was also struck by a bullet, ran out of his house armed.

They say he fired back, hitting at least four parked vehicles.

Action News spoke to the driver of one of those cars.

"I jumped out of my bed to make sure my kids were okay. It's just too much. You can't even park your car out front. They want to come through shooting up for what - nothing," said the driver.

Kenneth Copeland says a bullet went through his daughter's car windshield and the headrest on the driver's side before he found it in the trunk.

He doesn't even want to think about if his daughter had been sitting there.

"Yes absolutely, she would have been killed so I thank God she wasn't in the car," said Copeland.

Despite all the bullets that went flying, no one was injured.

Police brought one person in for questioning but no word on any charges filed.
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