Neighbors taking action after alleged drive-by shooting in Salem


Neighbors are rattled after what they describe as a drive-by shooting on a Salem street.

Police say a house was with hit with bullets in the 300 block of Dalewood Avenue early Saturday morning.

Sandra Szabo was in bed early Saturday morning when she heard gunshots. She says several of her neighbor’s homes and property were hit with bullets including a tree and window.

“The nighttime activity around this neighborhood is just not the type I want to really be around,” Szabo said.

One neighbor who didn’t want to give her name said a bullet came close to taking a life in her home.

“Maybe 6 feet away from where someone was sleeping and another 12 feet away from my son who was awake.”

She says she wants answers from Salem police.

“What’s the circumstances? What do we need to do as a community to keep this stuff off the street? We love our neighborhood and we don’t want that around here.”

Szabo says she also wants answers from the police, and she’s called and asked for updates.

“I asked them what they were going to be doing. I said the neighborhood’s scared to death and they said they would look into increasing patrols,” Szabo said.

In the meantime, they’ve created a neighborhood watch group on Facebook. Something neighbors like Benny Spencer think is a good idea even though he thinks the shooting was an isolated incident.

“It’s just something that happened and it probably won’t happen again,” said Spencer.

“The Salem police department is really good and they’re going to be watching out and keeping everything peaceful.”

A Salem City spokesperson says police believe a disturbance lead to the shooting and they’re reached out to the owners of the property for help, but haven’t gotten any.

No arrests have been made, and the case is still under investigation.

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