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Homes on Foster Avenue struck by gunfire -- again


ELYRIA — Homes on Foster Avenue were struck by gunfire for a second time in less than a month Thursday afternoon, and police are actively looking for a suspected gunman.

The brazen nature of the second incident — in broad daylight — is most upsetting, said police Capt. Chris Costantino.

“Random gunfire at any time is dangerous, but at 1:50 p.m. in the afternoon it is very concerning,” he said.

Costantino said police were called at 2:46 p.m. Thursday to the 500 block of Foster Avenue. Residents on the street reported hearing gunshots in the area.

A man at 526 Foster Ave. told officers he and his wife were at the home and believe they heard three to five gunshots about 1:50 p.m. They waited nearly an hour before calling police. Police found that one of the bullets had entered their home.

This is the same address where a car window was shattered by gunfire and a bullet was fired into the home in the early morning hours of July 30. No one was hurt in that incident and police started an investigation.

On Thursday, Costantino said, officers also spoke to another Foster Avenue resident who said he was on his porch when he saw a silver, four-door Honda drive down the street very slowly. As the car neared the two homes, the resident told police he saw the driver raise his arm and fire three shots toward the house.

“One of the neighbors even saw the flash from the muzzle,” Costantino said. “This is very disturbing to us. One of the bullets went into the front wall of the home and directly opposite from the wall was a children’s toy chest and playroom. We are very fortunate an innocent child was not hit by this gunfire.”

Costantino said detectives are working to identify, locate and charge the suspected gunman.

Contact Lisa Roberson at (440) 329-7121 or via email at Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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