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Charleston woman's home hit with multiple stray bullets; suspect on the run

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"They lifted my air conditioner up and got a bullet out of there somewhere," said Charleston resident, Karen Simms.  

Karen and Sandra Simms are sisters.  They've lived on Charleston's west side since they were children.  

For now, both live at apartments in Littlepage Terrace. 

Both say things have changed from the time they were young.  

Karen Simms has trouble sleeping, but The last thing she expected around 5 a.m. Friday was the sound of a gun firing outside of her living room window.

Simms said, "I went to call 911 and there were about six or seven more shots."

Turns out, one bullet went through her air conditioner.  The others hit the outside walls of her apartment.

Re Anke lives nearby.  "I'll tell you one thing, it was very, very loud," Ankh said.   "It sounded like it was right under my window.  That's what made me really worried about it."

Ankh and his family have lived at Littlepage Terrace for nearly 7 years.  They're from New York City, and say the lower crime rate played a factor in the move.  

He said he peeked outside after hearing gun shots, and saw people gathering around.  "So that was a little strange," he said, "and then I saw someone running past the Rite Aid."

Anke believes that was the shooter he saw.  Simms says she saw him too.

"I saw the gentleman down at the end with his arm raised in a shooting position," she said.

Simms says the most devastating part of these random acts of violence in her neighborhood is that her own family won't let her see her grand kids there.

"Their father works at 911, and they aren't allowed to come down here and spend time with me because of all the trouble, the guns, the drugs.  That's hard," said Sims.  

For now, the suspect who fired these shots is still on the run.  

If you have any information on this shooting, you're asked to contact Charleston Police.