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Billings mother recounts drive-by shooting, not first time her home has been hit – Brospar Daily News

BILLINGS – Several shots were fired at the home of Londa Means in the 300 block of Jefferson Street late Saturday night.

It was a horrific crime that no one wanted to see, but Billings’ mother had to face it not once, but three times.

“My son ran down the stairs and he grabbed me and pushed me to the ground. He said ‘Get down, get down, mum. Someone is shooting, they are shooting, and you can always shoot here,'” a said Londa Means on Sunday. , “We were all on the ground until it stopped. Then as soon as it stopped, I ran upstairs to make sure the kids were okay.

No one in the house was injured, but a 4, 6 and 7 year old child was sleeping on the sofa a few meters from where bullets entered the house.

“These bullets went through the wall, and what scares me the most is that they could hit any of us,” Means said.

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the shooting, according to social media posts from the Billings Police Department. That same night, there was another drive-by shooting in the 800 block of North 17th Street. Police believe the shootings are related.

“[Police] Say it looks like 9mm; they’re not sure,” Means said of the suspicious firearm used in the shooting.

But she still doesn’t know why it happened to her family.

“I know my neighbors down the street were shot a week ago and now in our house, I don’t know if it was random, if the kids were just doing it randomly,” Means said.

And it’s not the first time she’s seen this. In August, his house was shot in another drive-by shooting. In April, her 13-year-old daughter was walking home from school. Hit the face with a BB gun by passers-by.

Stacy Miller, who lives a few blocks from Means, is calling for community change.

“It breaks my heart that these kids don’t think about all the lives they could ruin, including their own,” Miller said.

Miller said she wasn’t scared when she found out what was going on. Instead, she brought her dog nearby to make sure no one was hiding in her neighbor’s yard. She said suspects often run to her dead end.

“It’s more about protecting my community and my community,” she said.

After what Means went through last year, she said she felt conflicted and wanted to leave the neighborhood, but “I did that for me. Me and my family, this is our home. We shouldn’t worry that anyone is here. try to hurt us.

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