Recent shooting events have Overland Park neighborhood on edge

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Three murders in two separate shootings in just one week on 61st Terrace and Robinson in Overland Park has residents like Tiffany Johnson scared to even go outside.

"My six-year-old grandson rides his bike up and down the street. All I need is one of these idiots to come plowing through here again, whether it is trying to get away of gunfire. I am not going to have it," said Johnson.

Monday night 36-year-old Quaushey Harris was shot and killed when a man, who police describe as a light skinned Hispanic or black male, shot multiple rounds from a semi-automatic rifle at her home. A bullet also hit Harris's 11-year-old daughter. She is expected to be okay. Nine people were at the duplex in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace at the time, seven of them were children.

It happened shortly before 6:30 in the evening, as Thania Aquino and her sisters were hunkered down in their home, because the tornado sirens were going off. Suddenly, Aquino says another sound pierced the air.

"We heard about 15 to 20 shots and they were all really loud, seems like they were right in front of our house," she said.

Another neighbor who did not want to be identified tells a similar story.

"I heard the shots I had no idea that's what they were. It sounded like someone was banging on my, the side of my house," they said.

Police say the suspect who shot up the home got into a gray Pontiac Grand Prix with another suspect and took off. Both of them, police say, are believed to be in their late teens; about the same age as the other two men killed across the street about a week ago, who were also described as fleeing the scene in a gray vehicle. Police said they believe the two men who were killed knew the suspects, but they have not said if the woman who was killed knew the suspects.

It is all too much for many of the residents like Aquino, who says she and her family are moving from this neighborhood because of the recent violence.

"We are all pretty shook up. We are ready to get out of this neighborhood," she said.

Police ask anyone with information on these shootings to call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.