Pastor’s home hit by gunfire

| April 3, 2010

Police are investigating shootings at two homes in the city, including the home of a pastor.

The Rev. Lewis Macklin, pastor of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on the South Side and president of the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhood (ACTION), told police he heard about five gunshots just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday then observed a bullet hole in the exterior of his East Side home.

The Rev. Mr. Macklin told police he believes the shooting to have been a random act of violence, but he could not say for certain if he had been targeted.

Mr. Macklin said he is happy the bullet did not penetrate the interior walls of his home and put his family in greater danger.

The Macklin family has been victimized several times in recent months. The family home was burglarized once in October and again in November. Mr. Macklin said the acts of crime will not have a bad impact on his family.

“We have resolved that we are not going to allow these things to deter our faith in this community or make us not enjoy our home. We are determined to make this a better place,” he said. “This shooting was tragic but could have happened to anyone.”

The pastor said issues such as the shooting and burglaries at his home are the reason ACTION continues to work in various communities across the city with discussion and marches designed to reclaim the community.

He said the community can no longer excuse such crimes as routine or as what happens when the temperature rises.

The other incident involved a woman’s claim to police that her home and vehicle were shot at multiple times near 9 p.m. Thursday by the father of her 6-year-old daughter.

The 33-year-old Warren Avenue woman told police she allowed the 32-year-old father to take the child for ice cream but was upset when he did not bring the child home at the agreed-upon time.

The man and woman argued and began to fight after the man returned the child.

The woman said the man left, but her 13-year-old son told her he was outside a short time later waving a gun around.

The woman told police she then heard two gunshots fired toward her home.

Police observed broken glass in the front door of the home and a bullet hole in the woman’s car. No arrest was made.

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