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For the second time in less than a week within the same neighborhood, police are investigating who shot at a car filled with people on Sept. 12, with the latest incident involving a 4-month-old child.
Police responded at 11:48 p.m. to the 1600 block of Pardue Street after an anonymous caller reported hearing several shots fired from a vehicle, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
Several people in the area told officers they didn’t see anything, but thought the shots came from somewhere in the 2800 block of Pardue Street.
Officers canvassed the area and checked several locations, but were unsuccessful in finding a shooting scene, the report said.
After returning to the police department, officers met with a 43-year-old woman who reported she had just been shot at.
The victim said she was driving away from the 1600 block of Pardue Street when she heard several gunshots.
The woman’s 11-year-old granddaughter was sitting in the front passenger’s seat and noticed a man dressed all in black appear to be firing a gun in their direction, the report said.
“(The victim) also had a four-month-old inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting,” an officer wrote in the report.
As the victims were being interviewed, police received another shots fired call at 12:34 a.m. from the 600 block of the same neighborhood, another incident report said.
Though police could not find evidence of a shooting in that area, they later found six bullet shell casings near the area where the previous two victims were shot at in the 1600 block.
An officer examined the victim’s car and noted it had been struck three times.
One bullet struck the hood, but did not enter the car, the report said. The officer also noticed that another bullet struck the driver’s side window, shattering the glass, while a third bullet struck the driver’s side just past the door.
Estimated damage to the car is $2,000, the report said.
The investigation is ongoing, though it was unknown Tuesday, Sept. 17, if anyone had been charged or arrested in connection with the shooting. Potential charges include shooting into an occupied vehicle and malicious injury to property, the report said.
This was the second time in a week that police investigated shots fired into a car.
On Sept. 9, a trio of people were shot at as they drove from Pardue Street onto Arch Street, an incident report said.
In that case two men reported the crime, including a 33-year-old driver and his 31-year-old passenger. After hearing gunshots, the driver sped away from the area and later found bullet holes in his right rear tail light and passenger’s side front door, the report said.
The men reported seeing a black Honda with tinted windows pull onto Pardue Street as they were driving, and then heard the gunshots.
No one was injured in that case, and it is unknown if anyone has been linked to the crime.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313, or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416