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Abbeville neighborhood tired of violence after fatal shooting and retaliation in less than 24 hours

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Two shootings in Abbeville are under investigation in the same neighborhood.

Marilyn Mitchell has been living on Schlesinger Street for 59 years. On Tuesday evening, just outside of her home was the scene of a deadly shooting.

"I was in this house, and I just left my beautiful chair that I like to sit in, and all of a sudden, I heard 'pow pow pow pow pow,' so what I did: I ended up hitting the floor because I heard the glass shatter. It was the bullet that came through my house," recounted Mitchell.

And that is not the first bullet to come flying through. She has four bullet holes in her home, all of which could have hit her in her favorite chair, which she says she sits in every day. Thankfully, she's never been hurt.

"Because a bullet is either going to hit me in the head or hit me in the heart, so either which way, I could've gotten those bullets. So, I'm still going to continue to sit in my chair and continue to praise God," she said while smiling.

After two shootings in less than 24 hours, Abbeville police have their hands full.

"We haven't really stopped investigating the first shooting when we got reports of a second shooting. We know certain groups of individuals that hang together. The information that we are receiving right now of this second shooting are persons that hung out with the victim of the first shooting," said the public information officer for the Abbeville Police Department, Lieutenant David Hardy.

But now, Mitchell and many of her neighbors are tired of the all the shootings. They're hoping for a way to end the violence in the neighborhood

"There's nothing for these children, so there's nothing for them to get their minds off the streets, so if we would have a program or if we would have something for them to do. But, I think we need to come together as a community and try to figure out what can we do to help these children, so we can get them off the streets," she said.

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