By Polly Keary, Editor
An open-air exchange of gunfire between residents of a Fryelands home and the occupants of a car Easter Sunday evening appears to have been gang-related, Monroe police said Friday.
At 5:40 p.m., witnesses reported that an altercation had occurred at 154th Street and Esther Avenue, when a car drove past a house there and exchanged fire with people who live there.
The car appears to have driven by once and perhaps twice, and police believe the occupants fired at the home.
Witnesses say two people inside the home ran out onto the lawn and returned fire before fleeing the area on foot. Bullets apparently struck some neighboring property.
The men on foot were later picked up by a friend and transported out of the area, said Monroe Police Department Spokesperson Debbie Willis. She said that police have spoken with that driver since then.
A search of the house turned up two guns, as well as “gang-type” information linked to large international gangs MS13 and the 18th Street Gang, and local gang BPS, or Brown Pride Soldiers.
The people who fled the house are residents of the home, and remain at large. The other occupants of the house weren’t terribly cooperative, said Willis.
The car involved in the shooting has been recovered, though.
Police noticed a 1994 black Honda Accord with a lot of visible Bondo, a putty used in auto-body repair, at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Kelsey. The car also had window damage, said Willis.
But police still can’t confirm the identities of the people in the car the night of the shots, although Willis said police have a strong idea.
“We need to know who was in the car,” said Willis. “They aren’t going to cooperate until we get a witness to put them in the car.”
The escalation in gang activity from tagging in recent years to shooting is troubling, said Willis.
“It’s disturbing to see this activity in our neighborhoods,” she said.
She asked that anyone who may know anything about the incident to please contact the police through the tip line at (360) 863-4600.