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Shattered Innocence: bullet-riddled McDonald's Play Place

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

While families were eating and children playing, someone fired gunshots at a Montgomery McDonald's, shattering the glass around the play place. It happened Sunday night at 1509 Eastern Boulevard. With the investigation heating up WSFA 12 NEWS has an exclusive interview with the Montgomery Police Chief.

"I was just in awe, I was awe struck about," Montgomery resident Cedric Bruns said.

The shattered glass in the front window is still visible in the play place of this McDonald's on Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery.

"I really didn't know what to think. I was surprised because that kind of situation usually don't happen on this side of town," Bruns said.

Police say it happened around 7:45 Sunday night when bullets hit the exterior window, but didn't break the interior window.

"It appears to be a random act," Montgomery Police Department Chief Kevin Murphy said.

Children were playing in that area at the time, but luckily no one was injured and the play equipment went untouched. Chief Murphy says putting innocent children in the line of fire is distressing.

"This is very serious. It's disturbing to us that anyone would discharge a weapon in front of anyone, but yet alone children," Murphy said.

The play area is off limits until further notice. Police are looking for who did this and why. Customers are on alert and sickened by this random act of violence.

"I feel bad for the parents who's children could possibly be in danger," Montgomery resident Charlene Evans said.

"Where can you take your family. Where can you go to eat? where can you go and enjoy with your family?" Bruns said.

Chief Murphy says people shouldn't be fearful to dine out in this area, reassuring residents of it's overall safety.

"They have my word, we are going to do everything we can to find out who's responsible for it," Murphy said.

There are no suspects at this time and this is an active investigation. Investigators are following leads. If you know anything call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.

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