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6/2/06-Tyler

A Series Of Overnight Shootings Worry Residents

A series of shootings occurs overnight, including a neighborhood that's been hit three times just this week.   Last night's shootings began at 10:00 p.m. when shots were heard coming from a car in the 1600 Block of Lake Placid Street.   Just 15 minutes later several shots were fired in the 2700 Block of Tol Street.   Then at 10:17 p.m. a third call reported shots were being fired in the 800 Block of South Peach Street. That's the third shooting there in four days.  Rodrick Osborn, 23 was wounded in the shootings. He is listed in critical condition.  Osborn is the second person shot this week in a 2 mile radius of Southwest Tyler.

Ingrid Williams lives on Peach Street.

"You just don't know what to expect," said Williams. "It makes you scared to even want to go outside." Williams moved to South Peach with her two children five years ago. She says it was a nice place to live, until her neighbors moved in three years ago.

"They just don't care," said Williams. "They just don't care how they affect the older people, or how they affect their neighbors and that's sad." Monday night, Williams and her 9-year-old son were sitting in the living room. All of sudden, they heard guns shots.

"We just jumped up and were running, and while I was running, my son fell and I think that's what caused me to get shot," said Williams. A bullet from a drive-by shooting went through Williams house and struck her in the knee.

"I have a fracture, hairline fracture to my knee, and I can't walk on it for six weeks," said Williams.  "I can't even go to the bathroom by myself. I can't work for the next six weeks. I don't know how I'm going to pay my bills." Williams just got home from the hospital last night. She told her doctors she wasn't ready to come home.

"They said you're not ready to go home?, and I said no because I'm scared to go back because of what happened to me. It does put fear in me," said Williams. Right now, Williams and her family pray that nothing else will happen, and when she can walk again, Williams says she and her family will be moving.

"I feel like I'm paying for a place to live for my kids to be in fear and in danger and that's not right," said Williams. No arrests from any of this weeks' shootings have been made at this time. Police say they have stepped up their patrol on South Peach and surrounding areas.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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