Neighbors speak to WFXR about overnight shooting in Salem


Salem City Police responded to a report of shots fired on Ellis Court early Wednesday morning.

Neighbors said they heard several gunshots ring out just after midnight as a car was rolling down Ellis Court.

“I immediately picked up my cell phone, ran out the front door calling 911,” said Sandra Szabo, who lives across the street.

“As I came out my front gate, our neighbor was coming out as well, and I turned to him and said, ‘Was that gunshots?’ and he said ‘yep!'”

Szabo says she continued to hear gunshots.

“I looked up Ellis Court, there was a vehicle coming down at a moderate pace, turned the corner, heard a couple more gunshots,” said Szabo.

“He later told me they were towards us. I ran into my yard, and they kept going down towards Dalewood Avenue towards Green Ridge and kept shooting.”

Szabo says a similar situation happened last month on her street, and she’s worried for her neighborhood.

“I just wish it would stop,” said Szabo.

“We moved down here from Northern Virginia to come to a quiet neighborhood. Very laid back, stuff like that. It hasn’t quite worked out that way yet.”

WFXR’s Delaney Hall spoke with the man who used to live in the home police were investigating. He would not go on camera but says he’s moved out since the incident happened last month, and is thankful he wasn’t home this morning.

Neighbors are getting tired of the gunshots.

“When I heard the shots start last night, I set up and I thought oh, God, here we go again,” said Gail Sparks-Fuhrman, a neighborhood resident.

Police say the property was unoccupied at the time. They also believe the incident is related to other disturbances in the area involving the tenant.

Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots and they believe the shots were directed at other houses as well.

“These people are crazy. Anybody who’s going to come through a neighborhood and free shot like that, they belong behind bars,” said Sparks-Fuhrman.

Some in the area feel the neighborhood needs increased police patrol.

“My main question to the city of Salem is when are you going to do something,” asked Vanessa Bower, whose parents live nearby. “When one of my parents get shot or when one of the neighbors get shot? Is that when we’re going to take some serious precautions and figure this out? Or is Salem going to step up and take care of this before that happens?”

Bower was visiting her parents Wednesday. She says her parents have yet to repair the damage from the shooting along Dalewood Avenue last June when their house was hit a second time.

Police say the incident remains under investigation.

A neighborhood resident told WFXR’s Brooke Williams he is also concerned for the safety of his family. He said bullets don’t have names and anyone can get caught in the crossfire.

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