Neighbors concerned following crash, homicide

Posted: 8:29 AM, Dec 09, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-09 08:29:26-05

Driving with a gun shot wound, 45-year-old Jeffrey Capers of Trenton made it across three lawns on Chadburne Drive before hitting two homes Monday.

"It was so bizarre last night. Everybody was freaking, everybody just locked their doors and stayed inside. We didn't know what's going on," said Patrick Ryan who lives a few doors down.

And now, the neighborhood has a lot of questions.

"It's kind of scary knowing that someone ran into your house and he was shot. And now, your yard's a murder scene and no one can tell you where he was coming from, where he was going, how it happened," said Sarah Gonzales.

Her sister was watching her kids when her home was hit.

"She said all of a sudden her and my daughter flew off the couch, she jumped up and when she came out she said a car had hit the house," Gonzales explained.

And, that's when they saw their downed fence and the damage to her sister's car.

"I just wish I knew what had happened and how he got shot and what's going on; you know, I live in this neighborhood, my kids play in this neighborhood," Gonzales said.

It's a neighborhood residents described as nice and quiet, thanks to their strong Neighborhood Watch program and police assistance.

"They patrol a lot, we see 'em out a lot of times around," Ryan said. "They got the cameras up here, you know, from the City of Lansing. And, we never know if they're on or not. So, you know, if something goes on, they say we'll go back and check the tape."

Councilwoman A'Lynne Boles said those were first put in because the area was a hot spot for crime. But, the neighborhood's teamwork with police in recent years has turned that around.

"In neighborhoods like that, that's what's important, they have the relationships and lines of communications that are wide open and they utilize 'em," she said. "And, that's what we're gonna continue to need."

A requirement to keep the city safe.

Lansing Police tell FOX 47 they're following several leads and they don't believe the homes were hit on purpose.

We'll be tracking the investigation for you.