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Metro-East fire chief's home caught in gang war crossfire

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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (KMOV) -- A local fire chief is among the innocent victims caught in the crossfire of a gang war in the Metro East. His home was shot up Thursday night, which put a 7-year-old and an infant in danger.

Police say they're the latest victims in an 8-month long shoot out in Washington Park.

"It makes me very mad," Washington Park Fire Chief Ken Moore said. "They're using high-powered rifles. These shells are tearing through my house."

Bullets have ripped through his leather couch, lodged inside a cabinet, cut through glass and stuck inside walls.

Moore has had too many close calls with wayward bullets to count. Thursday night his daughter and granddaughter were in the line of fire.

"[My granddaughter] was here last night sitting on the couch in the family room with my daughter when all the shooting started," Moore said. "My daughter had to take her and throw her to the ground and lay on top of her on the floor."

They've been dodging bullets since October when police say a feud started brewing between two local gangs. Three separate times now Moore says someone has tried to shoot his neighbor. The man and his mother were struck inside their home on North 51st Street Thursday night during a drive-by. Neighbors are putting pressure on the city to make them move so the violence stops.

"This has got to stop. If they don't value their lives over there, we value our lives over here," Moore said. "This is not a war zone. This is a residential area."

The gang war brings the number of attacks to nearly a dozen with at least two murders. Moore is afraid the shooters won't stop until someone else is dead.

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