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Pair of weekend shootings in Marshall under investigation

September 9, 2012
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Marshall Police are investigating a pair of shootings reported this weekend, one in the early hours of Saturday morning, and another early on Sunday.

No injuries were reported in the shootings, but police said bullets penetrated the mattress where a Marshall resident was sleeping on Saturday.

Rob Yant, director of public safety in Marshall, said Monday that information on the two incidents was "very preliminary at this point." Investigations would continue for both shootings, he said.

At about 2:50 a.m. Saturday shots were reported at a residence on North 6th Street, Police said. Several rounds from a large-caliber handgun were fired through a bedroom window while the resident slept. One round penetrated the mattress, while another lodged in a bedroom closet, Police said. Other rounds lodged in the window and siding.

Police said witnesses reported seeing two people, a black male wearing a black sweatshirt and black shorts, and a white male wearing a gray sweatshirt and red shorts, running from the area. They were last seen on Pleasant Avenue.

A second shooting was reported at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, on Birch Street. A residence on the 1100 block of Birch Street was hit by rounds from an unknown weapon, Police said. There were people inside the residence at the time of the shooting, but no one was hurt.

Police said a witness reported seeing a black male fleeing the area.

Yant said police could not yet confirm whether the two shootings were related. However, the incidents didn't appear to be random.

Rewards of $500 are being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the shootings, Police said. Yant encouraged residents to report any suspicious activity.

- Deb Gau



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