ELYRIA — Sherie Glenn was sleeping on a couch downstairs with her granddaughter when a bullet flew through a Garden Street duplex 3 a.m. Wednesday.
About the same time, two women reported that a man shot at them near Garden Street.
One of the women said she was walking to her friend’s car and heard eight or nine gunshots behind her. She said she turned around and saw a man in a dark-colored sedan hanging out the window with a gun. On the woman’s car, the rear window was shattered and a rear taillight was shot out.
Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the two reports of shots fired appear to be related but couldn’t confirm so Wednesday.
At the duplex in the 1000 block of Garden Street, police found bullet holes from a .40-caliber gun going through the north side of the building from Allen Street.
Three bullets pierced the walls of the duplex.
One entered the first floor of Roberto Gonzalez’s half of the duplex. It hit the wall just above the treadmill that Roberto’s son uses on the weekends, he said, and Gonzalez’s mother was sleeping on the first floor at the time of the shooting.
The bullet continued through the utility closet, missing two furnaces and a gas line by inches, and entered the other side of the duplex, landing on the living room floor.
Two other bullets entered through a vacant guest room, but stopped after passing through the adjacent bathroom.
Glenn, who lives nearby on Barbara Road, was visiting her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3, who live in the other half of the duplex. She was sleeping downstairs with her granddaughter when the shooting happened.
“We were right on the couch, so it would have blown us all sky high,” she said about the bullet missing the gas line.
Glenn measured the bullet hole and found it was about head level with her son-in-law, who would have come home from work within the hour.
She also said the building was shot through about two months ago, but no one was injured.
“It’s just sad,” she said. “The few make it worse for everybody,” she said.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call (440) 323-3302.
“Obviously this is very concerning to us, and detectives are working to identify this individual,” Costantino said.