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Kimberly Houk ReportingA terrifying introduction to life in the big city -- a woman who just moved to a new home in Salt Lake from a small town, became the victim of a drive-by shooting meant for someone else.
Terrilee Allen: "They said this used to be a gang house, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I'm moving, I'm moving.’"
Police are questioning three suspects they arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting yesterday. Police say the suspects shot at a home right across the street from Franklin Elementary School.
The shooting happened just after noon yesterday, a time when many students were outside on a recess break. Many of them saw the shooters target this home and leave five bullet holes in the side of the house.
Terrilee Allen has spent the past 58 years in the town of Fillmore, Utah. One month ago she moved into this home in Salt Lake City.
Allen: “This is kind of a scary place to me, but then I thought there's the day care center there, and there's the school. It's probably ok."
But she says she soon learned her new house has a history, one she became part of when her new home became the target of a drive-by shooting.
Allen says she was in the back of the house doing laundry when she heard a loud noise.
Allen: “I heard poof poof poof poof.”
Allen says she ran out her front door just in time to see two cars speeding off.
Allen: “It was really scary. I was a wreck. I was ready to load everything I own back up in my truck, and put it back in storage, and I was going home."
The shooting also startled several students playing across the street at Franklin Elementary School.
Jason Olsen, Salt Lake City School Dist.: “The school was actually out at lunch recess, and heard the shots cause it was so close to the school. The secretaries came out, and got their teachers and pulled the kids in as fast as they could and went into a lock down situation."
While the school kept students inside of classrooms, Allen called police. It was with police that she saw for the first time the five bullet holes left in the side of her home.
Police caught up with the shooters and arrested the three juveniles, all with a history of gang activity. They have been booked into juvenile detention.