WARREN - A Delaware Avenue couple is looking for a new neighborhood after their house was riddled with gunshots and their car set ablaze early Tuesday morning.
Police arrived about 4 a.m. at 629 Delaware to find a 2000 Ford engulfed in flames and spent .223-caliber shell casings strewn over the ground near the house, according to reports.
''We're alive, and that's all that matters,'' Tonya Davis said later Tuesday. ''It was just a random act of violence.''
The couple emerged from the house to tell police they had rolled out of their bed onto the floor when they heard the shots. A police report said several holes were found in the south and west sides of the house, while Tonya Davis' sister, Tammy Sladewski, said all but the back side of the house had been shot.
"It was like they walked around the house and shot up all sides," she said. "If they hadn't been laying flat in their bed, they wouldn't be with us today."
Sladewski said one of the many bullet holes entered the couple's bedroom just above the headboard of their bed.
The police report states that police recovered 17 shell casings and there were bullet holes in the front door, windows and interior walls of the residence. Sladewski said they were nickel-sized and that one bullet went through two interior walls.
The burning vehicle caused heat damage to the house, and Sladewski said the TV, several family photos and some dressers were damaged. While the police report lists the cause of the car fire as unknown, Sladewski said the smell of gasoline is strong in the driveway.
Jargel Davis told police he does not know who would do this.
The couple are staying with family until they find permanent residence elsewhere, Sladewski said. She said she found it frustrating that so many neighbors came outside for the TV cameras but that nobody seems to know anything.
''When it happens to them, they'll want somebody like my sister to be there for them, but now nobody knows anything,'' she said.
Sladewski said her sister is disabled and Jargel is looking for work. They had just purchased the vehicle and now must rely on family and friends for transportation.
''This world is crazy, people have no common courtesy for other people's lives,'' she said. ''It's a crying shame that you can't go to a movie or put your 8-year-old child to bed without worrying about them getting shot. Its a crying shame there are people in the world like that.''
Sunday night, someone fired through a window at a home on Hamilton Street S.W. on Sunday night.
And earlier this month a Parkman Road N.W. woman was shot in the head by a stray bullet while she was sleeping. Pamela Dial, 43, has been at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland since the shooting.