Apartments Struck By Gunfire While Children Slept


UPDATED: Monday January 14, 2013 5:47 AM

Two mothers spoke out on Sunday about their concerns for their children’s safety after their apartments were struck by gunfire.

Police were searching for clues about why the Sutton Square Apartments, located on Elaine Road in southeast Columbus, were shot at on Saturday morning.

The mothers told 10TV News that children were asleep just feet away from where the bullets landed.

“They were scared and came downstairs running, ‘Oh my God, somebody just shot the window,’” said mother Lyneque Meeks.

Meeks said that her 6-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old son were sleeping in a bed when a stray bullet pierced through the window and became lodged in the ceiling.

“That was terrifying, it really was,” Meeks said. “My first thought was, ‘Somebody could have gotten shot.’”

Meeks said that her sister’s three children were also in the home at the time of the shooting. They were too scared to even stay at the home after the shooting.

“It was very terrifying,” Meeks said. “I’m moving, because I don’t want to be in this neighborhood. There’s a lot of shootings and recklessness out here.”

Ronna Young, a mother of four, including a newborn, lives next door to Meeks and said that a bullet also came through her window.

“I heard the gunshots, I heard a car stop, kind of halt, and then I heard a gunshot,” Young said.”

Young said a bullet came through a pane of glass and pierced a curtain right near where her son was sitting at the time of the shooting.

“Thank God that he was lying down on the phone versus sitting up, because he is very tall and it would have been devastating,” Young said.

Police were trying to determine if the two shootings were related. So far, no arrests have been made.

The mothers said that they were just grateful that their children were safe.

“We could be walking in the door, out the door,” Young said. “It’s very frustrating. I’m to the point to see if I can get out of my lease to leave this area, because it’s just gotten worse.”

Both mothers said that they planned to ask apartment managers to increase security.

Columbus police planned to continue to patrol the neighborhood.

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