Residents demand police help reclaim street peppered by gunfire

Published: May. 17, 2015 at 1:43 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2015 at 1:43 AM CDT
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Shots were fired three times along the avenue - with one resident saying he was targeted twice....
Shots were fired three times along the avenue - with one resident saying he was targeted twice. (Source: WAFF)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Three overnight shootings on the same street left neighbors on 5th Avenue in Decatur in fear.

People who live along the avenue said it used to be a nice, quiet area - but things are changing, and not for the better - and they want police to step in before things get worse.

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Taylor Morgan and his girlfriend were on the porch of his home around 9 p.m. Friday night, when they say a grey Nissan pulled up and someone began shooting at them.

"They were shooting at me," Morgan said, "and this (bullet) went directly right by my ear. Had I been a foot to the right, it would have been through the back of my head."

The couple also has children that live at the home.

"All I could think was, 'Thank God they weren't at home," Morgan said.

Around 11 p.m., Morgan says someone shot at him again. This time, the shooter was across the street.

"There were five shots fired and we could only find three of the casings," he said.

Morgan said Decatur police investigated the shooting, but they did not find the casings.

"Makes me feel like they aren't really doing their job," Morgan said. "I mean, I don't feel safe at home."

Just over an hour later, another shooting was reported two blocks down the road. The bullets narrowly missed the woman who lives inside.

Again, witnesses at this scene saw a grey Nissan.

Rhonda Wilson lives across the street from the second shooting scene, and says she now fears for the safety of her grandchildren.

"Where is the law; you show up when it's already done," Wilson said. "Then you say you're going to help - where is the help?"

Wilson has a message for those that are shooting in her neighborhood.

"One day, everyone has to make a decision - are you going to Hell or are you going to Heaven? Make something out of your life - put a stop to this," she said.

No one was injured in either of these incidents.

Unfortunately, the same could not be said for two other men, whose bodies were found at two separate scenes Friday night and Saturday morning. Police think these shootings may be connected to the other overnight shootings.

No arrests have been made at this time.

"I'm hoping Decatur [police] arrests all four of them, and they get the maximum penalty," said Morgan.

One of the neighbors we spoke to told us she won't stop until she has a meeting with the Chief of Police and gets more officers patrolling her neighborhood.

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