WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – It was a violent start to 2016 in the city of Warren, with gunshots fired during four different occasions.
The most gunfire occurred early Sunday morning in the area of Northwest Boulevard. Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, callers reported shots were fired near Southern and Northwest boulevards, where witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored SUV and an Astro van driving away at a high rate of speed.
A total of eight houses were hit, all in a matter of minutes.
Calls were also made to report shots fired around 7 p.m. Saturday near Milton Street SE and around 6:30 p.m. Sunday near Palmyra and Risher roads and around 11:45 p.m. that same day on Milton Street SE and Rogers Avenue SE.
Homes that were struck included the Bench family’s home on Northwest Boulevard. The family says that they heard a “bang,” and the window cracked.
“Then the bullet, I guess, broke apart and parts of it hit my wall, which is about a foot away from my head when I was sleeping,” Alexis Bench recalled.
She said luckily, no one was struck. The family says they are counting their blessings.
Another home was struck on Southern Boulevard. A woman who lived there told police that she was standing in her kitchen when she heard gunshots, glass breaking and noticed the front window of her home was broken.
Police found a bullet that had gone through two interior walls and hit a kitchen shelving unit, according to a police report.
Another Warren resident told police he was laying in bed when he heard shots outside of his Northwest Boulevard home. He said a bullet came through the front of the home and into the bedroom that he was in.
Investigators said, based on the number of houses hit, they believe it was a rolling shootout involving two vehicles, possibly making several trips back and forth and firing at each other. Police said it appears as if several different weapons were used in the shootout.
No one was injured, but police believe the shooting stems from an ongoing feud that will likely continue unless something is done to stop it.
“Something’s going on that’s pretty significant for these people to be doing this,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci.
Detectives are following up on what they are calling pretty strong leads and say finding those responsible is a priority.