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Elyria family's home shot, they believe they were targeted

Father is opposed to neighborhood drug activity
Posted at 9:02 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 23:26:51-04

An Elyria family is losing sleep after a bullet came inches from the bed their 10-year-old son sleeps in.

Luckily, the boy wasn’t there at the time.

Shots were fired at the home on Lake Ave. around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. When police arrived, they found two .40-caliber shell casings — and one bullet hole in the house.

But the family, asking to remain anonymous for their safety, told reporter Homa Bash that the shooting wasn’t random — they were likely targeted.

“I’m tired of the drug activity around my house and I’m blatantly trying to put a stop to it,” the father of three said.

The family moved into the home on Memorial Day, initially believing the area — two blocks from the Elyria Police Department — was safe.

But, they said, there have been problems ever since. People knocking on their door looking for drugs, illegal activity nearby and more, the dad said, adding that he has been vocal in response.

The bullet, he believes, was a warning shot.

“I’m not going to put up with the drugs. I have three kids, I can’t,” he said.

So why not move?

Well, he served six years in the U.S. Army, overseas in Iraq — and refuses to lose the war at home.

“It just needs to quit. The violence, the drugs, it has to stop,” he said.

Authorities have not found the shooter.