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Police investigate drive-by shooting

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

Police are looking for the person responsible for a drive-by shooting that sent bullets flying into a woman's home. It happened late Saturday night in Pulaski County on Country Oaks Drive in the southern part of Somerset. People who live there say they're in shock.

Residents of the quiet Somerset neighborhood say theirs is a peaceful community. That's why news of the driveby
shooting has neighbors like David Duarte worried. "Big ol' shock," Duarte said, "Yeah, a big shock, man. I mean we let our kids run up and down this street. There's actually one, two, three... about seven to ten houses out here that got little kids."

Karen McGowan who lives at the home now pock-marked with bullet holes didn't want to appear on camera, but she says she was home alone when the shots started coming. The bullets went through the wall and into the living room where McGowan was sitting on her couch, and she says she's sure if she had moved at all, she would have been shot.

Neighbors say they saw the shooter's car take off down the road and turn down a dead end before police arrived. Investigators say they have several leads on potential suspects who could have a variety of motives, but they say neighbors should feel safe. "Obviously this is directed at one particular location, one particular person or group of people. It's not a random incident," Detective Lt. Shannon Smith with the Somerset Police Department said.

Nonetheless, some like David Duarte say they're not taking any chances and hope the incident may bring neighbors closer together. "After this, man, I'm definitely going to speak to a few people around here that maybe we could come up with a little neighborhood watch system," Duarte said. It's an idea police encourage as they continue their investigation.

McGowan has told police who she believes fired the shots. Investigators tell NEWSFIRST they are checking into that person as well as all other possible leads.

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