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Car riddled with bullet holes after getting caught in East St. Louis crossfire

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) - A man and woman are thankful to be alive after getting caught in the crossfire of a random shooting in East St. Louis. 

The East St. Louis Chief of Police met with state police, the U.S. Attorney's Office and federal officials from the ATF and U.S. Marshals Service to put a plan in place to crack down on violent crime in the area. 

The latest victims of violent crime say it's a miracle they weren't killed. 

"They opened fire on my vehicle, shooting five times," said Mykeia Thomas.

The incident occurred last Thursday night around 10:00. Thomas said she and her boyfriend were just leaving his mother's house in East St. Louis when someone started shooting her car. Some bullets hit the door, while others went through the windows, inches from their heads.  

"He had his head down and one of the bullets, once he raised up and saw we were heading toward the pole, went across his nose," said Thomas.

Thomas tried to speed away while keeping her head down, but couldn't avoid a utility pole. 

Thomas and her boyfriend sped to the hospital, only injured by flying glass. Police don't have any suspects, but are seeing if surveillance video can help. 

"There's a couple of restaurants in the state street area. There are some churches in the area that may have some video," said Chief Michael Floore of the East St. Louis Police Department.

Police say other recent shootings in the area were not random, but the level of violence has alarmed local, county, and federal law enforcement officials. 

Police Chief Floore says he's worried that concealed carry in Illinois has lead to more theft of guns from cars, putting more weapons on the street and in the hands of violent criminals who don't hesitate to use them. 

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