Family Returns Home, Encounters Strangers, Gunshot Fired

A family pulled into their driveway Thursday evening and saw someone coming out of their Papillion home.

Police say at least four suspects left the scene at Corral & Cimmaron Streets around 5 p.m. in a red Jeep. A white woman was driving. Three black men got in the SUV.

During the getaway, one of them fired several shots with a small caliber handgun.

Papillion police chief Len Houloose: "Fortunately no one was hurt."

Reporter: "Do you think they were aiming at somebody?"

Chief: "No, I don't believe they were aiming at somebody. I think they were firing a few rounds into the ground -- to ward someone off from following them."

Sharon Fustos lives next door -- but wasn't home. She just got off the phone with her husband. "He said shots were fired and he couldn't get down into the circle because they were picking up casings and stuff."

Their two daughters were home alone. One of them told Channel 6 News the shots sounded like fireworks.

Bill Ortega lives three houses away on Corral street. "I don't own a gun but it makes you feel like you should own a gun to protect yourself because you don't know what's going on."

Papillion police found at least one shell casing in the street and marked it with a cone.

Initially -- the snow and ice hampered efforts to find the other evidence.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Crime Lab was still on the scene at 10 p.m. Thursday.

No word if anything was taken from the home.

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