UPDATE: After Shooting, Neighbors Hope Crime Decline Doesn't Change

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/7/14 @ 10:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As shots rang out on Charleston's West Side Friday, it brought back memories for Carol Robinson -- and not fond ones.

"It would be Glenwood and Main," Robinson remembered. "Right up through here, and it was like I was right in the middle of it."

On Friday, police said three men walking on Grant Street, right off Glenwood, fired several bullets at a passing car. No one was hurt.

However, it reminded Robinson of when she first moved there eight years ago.

"It was not exactly what I had in mind," she said.

During that time, she said shots were fired every week, but then things changed.

"In 2009, there were several serious incidents here," Charleston Police Department Lt. S. A. Cooper said. "Since then, thing's have really quieted down."

Robinson thanks police.

"They're patrolling the area a lot more than what they used to," she said.

While Robinson's eight-year history paints a broad picture, Sheila Cunningham's four months paint another.

"They shot some dude's window out in front of my house," Cunningham said.

The glass still sits outside Cunningham's home, the same place her daughter and 3-year-old grandson live -- meaning safety is her top priority.

"Be prepared in case something happened where you can get your child and pick him up and run," Cunningham said.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/7/14 @ 3:58 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston police are looking for three men that opened fire on a passing car on the West Side Friday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of Grant Street.

Charleston police say the driver took off during the shooting and hasn't been found by officers. So it's not clear if anyone in the car was injured.

Charleston police say there was a young girl playing outside in a yard just feet away from the shooting, but she was not injured.

If you have information that could help find the suspected shooters call Charleston police.

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