DECATUR — Decatur Police officers say they responded to shots fired at the 600 block of West Taft Street at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officers observed eight bullet holes on the southwest side of the residence, Sgt. Josh Sheets said. Upon further investigation, they also located several spent shell casings and an additional loaded magazine in the middle of the street in the 2300 block of N. Graceland Ave.

Sheets said the resident of the home was loading her children into a vehicle prior to the shooting. She saw a man standing in the middle of Graceland Avenue holding a rifle. Sheets said she pleaded for him not to shoot because she had children. He dropped the rifle and produced a silver handgun and proceeded to shoot at her residence.

Officers found a male running northbound in 2100 North Graceland Avenue. A vehicle owned by the suspect was found in an area driveway.

The victim and other area witnesses identified him as the shooter. He was booked into Macon County Jail. Sheets said the charges are unknown at this time.

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