A bullet hole is in a front porch swing at 1214 12th St., Rock Island. Police said 10 to 15 gunshots were fired early Wednesday, and five bullets struck the house.

Brian Wellner

Mary Marbry has no idea why someone would want to shoot at her home in Rock Island.

Two or three gunshots from outside woke her up shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

After a five-second pause, the shooting let loose, she said.

“All of the sudden they just started firing,” Marbry told the Quad-City Times on Thursday, still shaken from the incident in front of her home at 1214 12th St.

She said she ran downstairs immediately after the shooting because her niece was asleep on a couch in the living room close to the front door. She called 911.

Marbry has heard gunshots rattle her neighborhood before. But in 25 years living on the block, she never witnessed anything like the startling discovery she made after daylight Wednesday morning.

“There’s a clean bullet hole,” she said, pointing to her front porch swing. “The wooden fence got hit. There’s a hole behind the chair and on the porch pillar. There’s one in the fence in the back.”

Five bullets hit her home. Police said hers is the only house on the block that was struck. Multiple neighbors heard 10 to 15 gunshots, and police recovered shell casings from the scene.

“I’m petrified,” she said. “I’ve been here 25 years, and there were incidents before, but nothing like this. There are bullet holes in the front of my house, so many of them. This was just so close.”

Marbry said she doesn’t have a “beef” with anyone and doesn’t know of anyone in her family who does.

She said her son was in an upstairs front bedroom and saw people in a sport utility vehicle shooting toward the house.

Rock Island Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy said officers responding to the call followed an SUV out of the neighborhood and across the Centennial Bridge into Davenport before losing it. As of Thursday, police hadn’t caught a suspect.

“The violence has to stop,” Marbry said.