Blocked off: Selma Police Department officials respond to a drive-by shooting in the 1800 block of Marie Foster Street Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the incident and authorities are still searching for suspects. --Sarah Cook
Blocked off: Selma Police Department officials respond to a drive-by shooting in the 1800 block of Marie Foster Street Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the incident and authorities are still searching for suspects. -- Sarah Cook

Family, police seek answers in drive-by shooting

Published 11:01pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Selma Police Department is seeking answers in a drive-by shooting, in which bullets were fired into an occupied residence on the 1800 block of Marie Foster Street early Tuesday evening, around 6 p.m.

No one was injured in the shooting, but according to the homeowner, Shirley Dudley, five children were inside the home in addition to multiple adults and several others were outside at the time the shots were fired.

“People were inside and outside,” Dudley said. “I was inside the house, and I heard something hit. I thought it was a firecracker so I ran to the door, and [those who were outside] ran to the inside of the house saying, ‘Somebody just shot.’”

Dudley said no one at the residence knew the identity of the shooter, but described the vehicle from which shots were fired as a light gold Nissan Ultima or a newer model Nissan Maxima.

“They came through and they were shooting out their window,” Dudley said.  “I don’t know who they were shooting at.”

Witnesses outside the home said there were a few boys in the yard at the time of the shooting. They described the events saying, after one of the boys pointed at the car, it turned around and came back and shots were fired out the window towards the boys, hitting the house. The car quickly left, heading down Marie Foster towards J.L. Chestnut.

“They saw children in the yard and still shot,” Dudley said in disbelief. “We’re scared, we can’t even stay here tonight. I’m scared they might be coming back, and we might not be so lucky next time.”

Sgt. Kendall Thomas of the Selma Police Department said as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the department had no leads on the suspect, saying the driver and occupants of the vehicle are still unknown.

Thomas said once on the scene an evidence technician and investigators responded and were able to retrieve bullet fragments from one of the rooms inside the house.

“Hopefully we’ll get some information from Crime Stoppers or somebody will call in on our regular police line and provide us with some information,” Thomas said, hoping anyone with information on the suspects or exact type of vehicle, will come forward. “We’ll kind of develop some leads from there.”

Extra patrol cars will be patrolling the area near the drive-by shooting, Thomas said, hoping to ease the fears of the residents who were shaken up from the day’s events.

To contact Crime Stoppers call, 1-800-442-7463 or call the Selma Police Department at (334) 874-6611.

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