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Home in Hillyard targeted in multiple drive-by shootings

A reward is being offered to help police solve three drive-by shootings that have targeted a house in Hillyard since early November.

The home in the 1900 block of East Central Avenue used to have gang ties but is now occupied by a family that includes young children and an elderly man, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Officer Teresa Fuller.

The shootings have occurred in the early morning hours and one was on Thanksgiving Day.

A woman related to the family living in the home said the house is riddled with bullets and car windows have been shot out as well. “It’s covered top to bottom,” she said. “It’s so sad.”

The woman, who did not wish to be identified for fear of becoming a target herself, said a relative with ties to gangs used to live in the home. She said she believes police have let that fact color how they have responded to the shootings.

“I think they have a personal opinion about a relative we have,” she said.

It took police 20 minutes to respond to one of the shootings and they have not treated the residents respectfully, the woman said. She said she also wonders why police have not set up surveillance in the area.

“Just because they don’t see us doesn’t mean we’re not there,” Fuller responded.

The woman said her family members living in the home are so terrified that the sound of a balloon popping recently sent one of them diving for the floor.

“They keep coming back,” she said. “I am fearful someone’s going to be shot and killed before anyone is caught.”

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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