Shots fired into Lorain County NAACP President’s home

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LORAIN, OH – A shooting at the home of the President of the Lorain County Chapter of the NAACP has a neighborhood on edge.

Ellen Jean Wrice was inside her house around 2 a.m. on Friday, April 3, when bullets were shot into her home just inches from where she was sleeping.

"The first one they fired went through the outside pillar on my porch and went through the wall, and it landed in my jewelry box," Wrice said.

Wrice said she got up to investigate, didn't see anything, and went back to sleep.

Several hours later, she discovered bullet holes inside her bedroom. One bullet passed through the wall of her bedroom just inches away from her bed, another shattered the window, and there was a bullet hole in the ceiling.

Outside the West 21st Street home, more bullet holes were discovered: one in a wooden post, and two in the siding. One of them passed through a chair first.

Wrice has been an outspoken fixture in the Lorain community for the past 50 years, and President of the NAACP for 21 years. The retired school librarian also mentors at-risk girls. While she believes she was the intended target, she has no idea why.

“Because all five bullets was in my bedroom and to me, if it was a drive-by, they would've been in my living room also."

Speaking inside her bedroom, Wrice said, “It really makes me angry because now they've taken my rights from me. Now, every time I hear a noise, I'm jumping. Why do I have to feel unsafe in my home?"

Detectives returned to Wrice’s home to collect more evidence, including shell casings from the bedroom. Lorain police declined comment when asked if they had any suspects and would only say that this is an ongoing investigation.

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