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Shots Fired Into Black Couple’s Home

Sun., June 1, 1997

Six shots were fired into the home of a black couple early Saturday, a week after they endured racial taunts when moving into a predominately white neighborhood. The couple wasn’t injured.

Leroy and Elizabeth Smith were asleep when the shots were fired into the house at about 1 a.m., Police Cpl. Bart Bradberry said. One round missed Smith by only a few inches.

Police are treating the shooting as a hate crime because two white men shouted racist obscenities at the couple as they moved in last week.

“My wife, she doesn’t really want to go back home, but I don’t know, I hate to let somebody like that guide my life,” Smith said. “We have to do a lot of soul-searching right now.”

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