Resident of the home that was hit speaks out a day after the homicide on Orchard Road

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Police are still trying to figure out what led to a deadly shooting in Bloomington Tuesday night.

At 9:48 p.m. Tuesday night Bloomington Police were sent out on several shots fired calls here on the 1200 block of West Orchard. 

When officers arrived, they found 26-year-old Nathaniel Caldwell, who’d been shot, he was then taken to an area hospital where he still is in critical but stable condition. 

Just a couple blocks away, police found an SUV which had crashed into two parked cars and a house on Wildwood Rd. Inside the SUV was 25-year-old, Juan Nash who’d also been shot, and he would go on to die later that night.  

A third victim, 18-year-old Scotty Allen, arrived at an area hospital also with gunshot wounds and at this time he is also in critical but stable condition.

Now, this isn’t the first time violence has hit this neighborhood, there was a double homicide on the same street last summer.

“Last year we had the homicides and then this year we have the homicide so of course that is going to obtain our extra attention already,” said BPD Spokesman John Fermon. “This year, this incident happened almost in the same block range (as last years).”

Julie Hinthorn lives in the home that was hit. Hinthorn says despite the crime her neighborhood has seen in the past year, she’s not afraid of the area.

“This neighborhood right here is a safe neighborhood i’d call it,” said Hinthorn. “This area right here is safe because we know of each other and we know each other and you watch out for one another.”

Even with the damage to her house, she says this incident could’ve been worse, and shes thankful no one else lost a life.

“I believe when he hit that (her metal flag pole) it may have veared him off towards our vehicles and our garage,” she said. “If not he may have went into the living room and my mother would’ve sitting in her chair.”

Julie says in order to prevent incidents like this in the future everyone has to follow one rule.

“Just everybody be safe and learn to start loving one another and getting along,” she said.

No arrests have been made, but if you have any information contact BPD as soon as possible.

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