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Residents take cover as Murfreesboro house sprayed with bullets

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Two women narrowly escaped serious injury after their home was hit by several bullets. Murfreesboro police had increased their patrols in the neighborhood, but this latest case shows there's still work to do.

Lazeka Newman and her cousin were watching TV at about 11 p.m. Saturday when they heard gunfire outside their Bilbro Avenue home.

"I took this pillow and took my cover and laid down," Newman said.

"All we heard was 'pow, pow, pow,' and I had seen the flash of the gun, and we looked at each other and said they're shooting," said Newman's cousin, Kenosha Lawrence.

Five bullets entered the home, crashing through a window, storm door and front door, then piercing a wall.

"I then just seen stuff flying, and I'm like, 'Oh, my God! They are shooting at the house.' And we dove on the floor, and we stayed on the ground like five minutes because we were so shaken up and scared," Lawrence said.

The victims say if this had been a day later, on Sunday afternoon, the room would have been filled with kids. And their 78-year-old grandmother would have been sitting in her favorite chair that was nearly grazed by two of the bullets.

"I think it's crazy, and it's ridiculous. Why would you want to shoot at somebody's house?" Lawrence asked.

Police want to know that as well. This summer, shootings like this were common in this neighborhood, which is close to downtown. But with extra police patrols and neighborhood crime watch meetings, the shootings subsided.

"This is a startling report to see this starting again, and we want to stop it before it escalates and someone gets hurt," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans.

If you know anything about the shooting, contact Murfreesboro police.

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