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Bullet pierces elderly St. Petersburg woman's home on election night

ST. PETERSBURG — Elouise Johnson was watching election returns Tuesday night when she heard the first gunshots.

The 84-year-old froze. She uses oxygen and a walker and can't get around easily.

"I heard one hit my window pane," she said. "I got so scared and nervous I couldn't say anything. It just bypassed my head. Lord have mercy."

Police later found the bullet lodged in a wall in Johnson's home in the 1900 block of 30th Street S.

They don't know who was behind the shooting, which happened about 8:55 p.m. "There were calls for 'shots fired' just prior to this," said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

People in the neighborhood said they didn't see anything. Officers found three shell casings in the intersection, Puetz said.

A neighbor ran over to Johnson's home after hearing the gunshots to check on the elderly woman.

Johnson said she was just about to get up to use the restroom when the shooting started.

"These boys out here are out here all day and night," she said Wednesday, her voice wavering. "It's been a mess. It's just been a mess on our street."

Johnson has lived in her Highland Oaks neighborhood since the 1960s. Things have been bad before, she said, but not like this.

She's too scared to sit on her front porch.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8643.

Bullet pierces elderly St. Petersburg woman's home on election night 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:48pm]
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