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Stray Bullet Nearly Hits Kids in Magnolia Green Neighborhood

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CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Several teens playing basketball in the Magnolia Green subdivision heard several gunshots then felt a bullet go past them. That bullet was recovered by police and they are now investigating.

People living in the area say there were three more rounds of gunfire on Sunday night.

And this is not the first time this has happened. Back in September 2012, a bullet hit a house in the same neighborhood. No one was hurt but now neighbors are saying enough is enough.

Todd Sheeko's 14-year-old son was on the basketball court this weekend when that bullet went whizzing by. He says he is thankful no one was hurt, but the gunfire has to stop and now he's not going to let his son play on these courts.

"Those rounds are going to travel until something stops them," he says. "Let's not have it be a child or anyone for that matter. We can't really come to the park and sit and watch our kids because we don't have bullet proof plexiglass to surround the basketball course, so we're going to take him to a gym we're familiar with and have him practice there."

Chesterfield Police say since May, they've gone to Magnolia Green seven times for shooting calls. The most recent was twice on Sunday.

"So actually it seems to have increased over the past 48 hours as opposed to decreased."

And the fact that this random gunfire is happening just miles from where a stray bullet killed 7-year-old Brendon Mackey on July 4 has people even more on edge.

"We enjoy this community, Sheeko says. "We really handpicked this subdivision and we would really hate for the subdivision to have a nasty stain against it because a person unknown to us can't seem to control themselves with a weapon. It's frustrating.

Chesterfield Police say they have increased patrols in that area. They want anyone who hears gunfire or sees anything suspicious to call them immediately.

 

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