Stray bullet injures woman in Aurora

August 25, 2009 (AURORA, Ill.) Maelene Kinard was hit in the abdomen by a stray bullet as she walked in her hallway on Monday night.

Neighbors say they heard what sounded like fire crackers going off. The shooters never hit their intended targets but they sprayed the area with bullets and one of those bullets went through a house.

Police say bullets from a shootout in the neighborhood struck four homes.

Kinard was just lying down in her bedroom when she heard what sounded like firecrackers going off outside the front of her home. She got up and was about to look out the front window when a bullet struck her.

Witnesses say it was like a wild west shootout in the middle of Aurora.

Maelene Kinard was home on Tuesday night where she was a day earlier when a bullet went through the wall of her home and struck her in the side narrowly missing major arteries.

"I don't know what went through my mind. I was just terrified," said Kinard.

As she called 911 to report she'd been shot, she could hear a hail of gunfire continuing outside her home. Police say they believe at least two people were shooting at each other a little after eight o'clock. At least six shots struck her home. Other shots hit three other homes.

Four shots hit Matt Gettinger's place. He was not home at the time but returned to find a shattered window. Police have marked several spots inside the kitchen where the bullets entered.

"It's just ridiculous. There are a lot of kids in this neighborhood," said Matt Gettinger, neighbor.

Police recovered some shell casings and other evidence but have yet to find a witness to help them identify the shooters.

"It was very brazen. It's one of those acts that really shocked the community and we are hoping that shock to the community will turn into some information," said Dan Ferrelli, Aurora Police.

Police say the area is normally a low crime neighborhood.

Even though she is in pain from the gunshot wound, and her home is full of bullet holes, Maelene Kinard counts her blessings. She is still around to celebrate her 73rd birthday on Wednesday.

"My angels were watching over me," said Kinard.

Police say they are unsure how many shooters may have been involved. They are still trying to determine a motive. Amazingly, they say no one else was hurt. But Maelene Kinard says she's too frightened to stay there.

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