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Herrin residents concerned after shooting in their neighborhood

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HERRIN -- Police in Herrin are investigating reports of gun shots in a neighborhood just a few blocks from the park. 

Herrin Police say just after 5 p.m. Sunday, they responded to the corner of 11th and Bryan Streets for reports of shots fired. John Steve and Brianne Marz live close to where the shooting happened, and heard the shots ring out. 

"By the time I heard the gunshots, my wife and I looked out the window, I saw a grey pickup truck that immediately just left the corner, " said Steve. 

Brianne Marz says just a few hours before the shooting, she saw a heavy set black man outside the apartments jumping up and down on a car yelling for someone to come outside. She says soon after his truck left, a large group gathered in the front yard.  

"We were moving stuff in and out and the kids were playing football and I came out here and I saw all them and it did scare me. I mean it looked like they were up to no good," said Marz. 

Marz says her young niece and son were outside when the shooting happened and thought someone shot off firecrackers.She says it's terrifying to think violence is so close to her family. 

"They could have very easily gotten a stray bullet or something, so that's really scary," said Marz. 

John Steve says he moved to Southern Illinois from Chicago to get away from gun violence. He lost a brother in a shooting and has a three-year old nephew who was critically injured after being shot accidentally in a drive-by. He says this serves as a reminder, violence is nearly everywhere. 

"To be in a nice neighborhood here in southern Illinois and to know that it doesn't matter where you're at, anything can happen at any time and any day," said Steve. 

That's why he encourages his neighbors to tell police what they saw and be a part of the solution, instead of the problem. 

Herrin Police say no one was injured. 

They describe the persons of interest as a heavy set black man and a heavy set Hispanic man -- who sped off together in a silver or gray pick-up. 

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