Residents rattled after bullets fly through Visalia neighborhood

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No one was hurt, but a car and a house were hit by gunfire. Seven people were inside the home at the time, including four children. (KFSN)

Visalia police are investigating a drive-by shooting on Tuesday just north of downtown.

No one was hurt, but a car and a house were hit by gunfire. Seven people were inside the home at the time, including four children.

Visalia Police say several gunshots rang out during a drive-by shooting near Willis and Grove Avenues, just after 10 a.m.

Emie Locke heard the shots from her house on the corner.

"Upstairs, I heard three, 'Pop, pop, pop,' she said. "And then a break and then, 'Pop, pop."

Locke figured they were firecrackers until her son said their 100-year-old house had been hit by gunfire.

The bullet went through the home's wood exterior and traveled a few feet farther before becoming lodged in the living room couch, blowing out some of its stuffing in the process.

"It's highly possible we could have been in here when it happened," she said.

Luckily, no one was hurt even though seven people were inside the house, including Locke's four children.

Visalia Police do not believe they were the intended targets of the shooting, and they're still working to determine who was and who the suspects are.

All they can say is a car with multiple people inside drove through the intersection and someone inside fired several shots, and another car nearby was also hit.

"This is a very serious crime of this nature," Sgt. Damon Maurice of the Visalia Police Department said. "We are going to put a lot of resources towards this and, hopefully, make an arrest here soon.

Locke says she's worked hard to make this house a safe space, especially for kids.

She's shaken and worries things may no longer be the same.

"But it's going to make everybody think twice about being here, is it safe?" she asked. "And that's the thing that's the hardest for me."

But Locke and her family have lived around the world, doing missionary work in dangerous places.

And even though this is a scary situation, she says they're here to stay, choosing to accept what happened and not live in fear.
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