In a span of less than 30 minutes five men sustained gunshots injuries in two separate shootings according to police and residents. Police are investigating whether the incidents are related.
At around 10:15 p.m.four people were shot outside a building at 24th and Alabama streets and all were being being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Three of the victims were shot in the leg and one was shot in the arm.
Then sometime after 10:30 p.m. at least 16 shots were fired at 15th and Natoma streets leaving two man with non-life threatening injuries, according to neighbors and police on the scene.
At least two stray bullets pierced through the living room window of a nearby house, leaving the residents uninjured but shaken.
“I was sleeping in the couch watching Duck Dynasty when my brother wakes me up and then I hear yelling in Spanish,” said a resident of a house near 15th Street, who asked that his name not be used for fear of retaliation. “That’s when I heard the ‘pop, pop, pop’ and I ran to the kitchen.”
One bullet pierced through his living room window, cut across a wall to a room, then through a jacket, a closet door before resting on a pair of jeans. “I never even got to wear the jacket,” he said.
A second bullet pierced through his living room window, cutting across a living room wall before resting in the ceiling.
This is the second time the residents of this home were hit by stray fire. Last June a stray bullet also pierced through their apartment, hitting their living room wall.
Residents in the area are all too used to shootings, they said. “At this point I just count the shots,” said a neighbor as he talked to others.
“He’s very lucky to be alive,” said one resident of the house about the man sleeping in the living room.
“I just want to move to the avenues,” he responded.
Correction: An earlier version stated that there were five people injured total yesterday, It was actually six people who were injured from gunshot wounds.