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Memphis family under fire, neighbors caught in crossfire

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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis family is under fire after being targeted by gunmen twice in two days. The first attack happened late last week in the3100 block of Lamphier. Less than 24 hours later, another attack happened about three miles away on Brookline Road. Relatives from the same family live at both houses.

Bullets went through home windows and cars on Brookline Road.

"Me and my mother was in the house so I had to jump on top of her, make sure no bullets hit her," Kevin Thomas said.

Thomas says he believes in both attacks the shooter was looking for a relative, who was not at his home. He is furious that the gunmen put so many lives at risk.

"There could have been kids in the house," Thomas said. "My mother could have got hurt. Bullets don't got no names on them."

William B. Hart and his wife's home got caught in the crossfire. A bullet went through their window.

"There was an automatic weapon fire, and we heard it hit the window," Hart said. "So I got my pistol and came outdoors."

The World War II Vet and retired police officer of 33 years tried to go after the shooters but it was too late.

"Time I got out they were rounding the corner, they were running, there were three of them," Hart said.

Christine Thomas caught a glimpse of the three men before they started shooting.

"They were wearing black hoodies couldn't see their faces but they were wearing all black," Christine Thomas said.

Then she heard the gunfire.

"It was pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," Christine Thomas said. "On and on and on and on, it was automatic obviously....I honestly thought they were shooting at our house, don't know why, but it was that loud."

Christine Thomas says the violence needs to stop.

"It's not wanted here. Not wanted in this city. I'm hoping A C Wharton will fix that."

With three homes shattered by bullets in two shootings, a fix couldn't come too soon. Remarkably, no one was hurt in either shooting. Memphis police ask that if you know anything that could help solve either shooting, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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