East London Home Hit By GunfireMarch 13, 2018 2:13pm
A London mother whose front door window was shattered by a gun blast early Tuesday is now considering moving out of the east-end housing complex.
The 42-year-old woman, who asked to only be identified as Cindy, was watching television around 2:45am inside her Marconi Blvd. townhouse when she heard a “loud bang” outside. The noise sent her to the front window and, while scanning the dark street in front of her home, she realized the glass in her screen door was broken.
“Right away I thought of my son because he is right above the door [on the second floor],” said Cindy. “He was fine. He knew right away that it was a gunshot because he had heard arguing and then he heard a car speed off.”
London police arrived at the complex near Noel Ave. roughly four minutes after the shot rang out. Officers remained on scene throughout the day Tuesday, canvassing for witnesses and collecting evidence. Police have said that while they found evidence that shots had been fired there have been no injuries reported.
The complex is owned by the London and Middlesex Housing Corp., an official for which has told Cindy a representative would be out to repair the damage as soon as possible. Cindy has lived in the townhouse with her two sons, aged 23 and 18, for four years.
“I’ve lived in housing so long that it doesn’t surprise me. It takes a lot to scare and shock me anymore. But I think we are going to think about relocating,” said Cindy.
She takes a bit of solace in knowing her home was merely caught in the crossfire.
“My son heard an argument so I know we weren’t the target,” said Cindy.
This is the second time in two weeks that a property has been damaged by gunfire. On March 4, police were called to Victoria St., near Clifford St. after shots were heard just before 2am. Three people have been charged in relation to that incident.
So far, police have not made any arrests in connection with the shots fired on Marconi Blvd. Anyone with information about the latest gunfire is asked to call police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).