Car Windows Shot In Northwest Lansing Neighborhood

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

A neighborhood is on edge after a number of car windows were shot out over the weekend.

Some are concerned it could be gang initiation, others chalk it up to high school antics.

One woman who lives on Lansing's Northwest side wanted to remain anonymous for fear of becoming a target in her community.  

"I noticed my back window was shattered," the woman said. "Now I'm afraid that my other vehicles or my car or my house will be broke."

She's just one of up to a dozen people from the same Sexton-area neighborhood paying for a window repair at Safelite Auto Glass on Pennsylvania Ave. after discovering their vehicle had been vandalized.

"This amount of broken glass all at one time is a little unusual," Safelite Manager Bill Smith said.

Smith fixed three separate cars just on Monday, all either back windshields or side windows. He said they appear to be broken the same way, and after 25 years at Safelite, he's experienced this kind of thing before.

"Maybe gang related, initiation style," Smith said. "Looks like maybe BB guns or something might be being used, shatters into a million little pieces."

Lansing Police confirm at least seven incidents of parked car windows being shot out with a pellet or similar gun over the weekend. Majority of the reports came from Comfort Street.

Police do not believe it is gang related, but they are taking this seriously.

"You've probably got one or two different individuals that are out there pulling pranks, either purchased a BB gun or found one and actually discovered it will go through glass," Lansing Police Officer Robert Merritt said. "Thought it would be fun over the weekend, but it's dangerous. From a BB to a real bullet, they still do a lot of damage as well as hurt, as well as some cases, it could kill you."

Merritt called this high priority. Malicious destruction of property won't be taken lightly, and patrols in the area will be especially vigilant. For the victims though, the damage is already done.

"I am worried about the neighborhood though,' the woman said. "Because if that happens, what else could? I'm worried about drive-bys or something."

Lansing Police are encouraging people to file a report, even if your car has already been fixed.

Detectives will be working this case, and every piece of data will help lead them to an arrest.

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