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Gunfire rattles nerves three times in six days

Posted at 7:57 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 23:28:05-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Donna Morgan hoped the popping sound that woke her up Monday morning was someone getting an early start ringing in 2021.

"We’re getting so close to New Year’s Eve when people are buying firecrackers again," she said. "The way it went off, it almost sounded like when you have a whole string of firecrackers and somebody pops them all."

It wasn't firecrackers.

What Morgan heard were gunshots -- several of which hit the house directly behind her home.

"It was very upsetting to think somebody was in our neighborhood shooting off a gun, and somebody could have gotten killed," she said.

Minutes after bullets hit the home in the 900 block of Cunningham Street, another home was hit a few blocks away in the 3900 block of Willow Street.

“Not too long later, I heard more gunshots further away," Morgan said. "So we didn’t go outside. We carefully looked out the windows."

Corpus Christi Police say no one was hurt in either incident.

They released a surveillance camera video showing a light colored Ford F-150 pickup truck with running boards they believe the shots came from at both locations.

CCPD is also investigating two more incidents of gunfire within the past six days.

Someone fired multiple shots on Friday near an apartment complex at Weber Road and Tiger Lane.

Just last night police discovered 16 shell casings at Weber and Holly Road after getting multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire.

No one was injured in either incident, but CCPD says the second one sent customers and employees at a nearby business barricading themselves in the back of the building for safety.

It's that kind of fear that Morgan now has for herself and her neighbors.

"It’s something scary," she said. "For everybody that’s got small children in their house asleep, if a bullet comes through, you know — it’s really frightening.”