Police investigate after shots fired at house while children slept inside

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Members of a family on the west side of Indianapolis are struggling to figure out why someone would shoot multiple bullets into their front window while a mother and her four children slept inside.

Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, police said someone stood in front of the house in the 4500 block of West 28th Street and fired nine rounds through the front window and wall of the house.

Tracy Hurns, 37, was sleeping in a bedroom with her daughters, ages 7 and 9.

“I immediately jumped up because it sounded like that it was someone beating on the window,” Hurns said.

When she went into the front living room, she saw several bullets had gone through the wall and a couch.

One bullet went through a second wall into the bedroom, where her 10 and 11 year old sons were sleeping in bunk beds.

“A bullet came in between the top bunk and the bottom bunk,” said the children’s father Alphonso Banks.

Hurns said she often sleeps in her daughters’ bedroom. But, she said if she’d been sleeping in her own bed in the front room, she probably would have been hit by the gunfire.

While Hurns and Banks were happy that nobody got hurt, they were angered and confused about the shooting itself.

“Why?” Hurns asked. “For me and my kids, this is where I have to live and I’m trying to raise a family. Why would you do this to me, why would you target me out of anybody?”

“Why would you pick us out of all people,” Banks said. “People that has not done anything to you or caused any harm to you or your family?”

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department collected nine 9-mm shell casings from the front yard of the house. They were also able to recover some of the bullets inside the house.

Hurns said she never heard a vehicle leaving the area after the shooting.

Banks said one neighbor saw a van or SUV driving eastbound down 28th Street moments after the shots, but she couldn’t tell what the make or model was.

Hurns and Banks said they’re now talking to their landlord about other properties nearby because they want to move.

“I just grabbed all my kids right then, and grabbed her and I said ‘Thank God that my family is safe,’” Banks said.