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Shots fired in Marion home

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

Two suspects fired 15 shots inside a Marion home around 10:15 p.m. Monday night.

According to Marion Police Department, officers responded to a shots fired call at 216 N. F St. Upon arrival, officers met with homeowner Vanessa Hale, who reported the incident.

According to Hale, she was downstairs in bed when subjects entered her room and asked, “Where’s Phillip?”

Phillip, Hale’s 15-year-old son, was at a location unknown to her at the time. Hale told police when she looked up from her bed, she saw a white male pointing a gun at her. He ordered her to get out of bed and on the ground, and she began pleading with the men to let her get her one-year-old grandson to make sure he was safe.

Hale told police the two men continued asking where her son was, and she told them she didn’t know and that he may be in his bedroom. During this time, Hale’s daughter Kenyatta Bias, 18, came out of her bedroom and saw the two men and called 911. Hale told police she ran upstairs to retrieve her grandson and the two men began shooting at her.

According to a press release from MPD, police collected 15 shell casings from inside the home. Upon finding her grandson upstairs, Hale noted four juveniles in her home. No one was injured by the gunfire. 

Witnesses reported seeing three subjects running from the area, entering a red or orange Dodge Challenger four-door vehicle, and fled the area eastbound on West Nelson Street.

Hale described one suspect as a thin, white male around 5 foot 11, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants with an orange mask covering his face. Suspect two was shorter than 5 foot 11, with a heavier build and a slightly red beard.

Police reported that Phillip was uncooperative with the investigation, which is ongoing as of Tuesday, according to Dep. Chief Stephen Dorsey.

The police request that anyone with information concerning the incident contact MPD at (765) 662-9981.