Police say they responded to a vehicle fire at the 3000 block of Richmond Avenue Sunday afternoon. Before the fire started, residents reported hearing gunshots, according to a Nixle alert.


“I knew it wasn’t firecrackers,” Mark Taylor, who lives on the same block, said.


Taylor said he heard several gunshots go off, but didn’t think much about it.


“I started smelling smoke,” he said. “Electrical. Like plastic on wires being melted off. You could smell it.”


APD says when they arrived, they found a 4-door sedan in the parking lot of Tyson Elementary school where AFD was in the process of extinguishing the fire.


Police confirmed there were bullet holes and said the car was completely destroyed inside and shell casings were found in the surrounding area.


“When you’ve got people shooting at each other where kids live, I mean, that should be anyone’s concern,” Taylor said.


Down the street, Fau Leifi is hoping to turn the feelings of concern into meaningful conversations. Leifi said he didn’t know what happened until he turned on the news.


“When I first looked at it on the news, I said, it was so close to home,” he said. “Could’ve happened to any of us. Could’ve happened to our car.”


Leifi said incidents like this motivates him to get more involved in his community. He hopes others will do the same.


“I think that will be the basis to help each other out and understand what could happen and what might be coming through those types of discussions and interactions,” he said.


The gray 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen and has since been impounded, according to police.


No one was hurt and so far, no arrests have been made.


Police ask anyone with information to call Police Dispatch at 786-8900. To remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.