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Sounds of gunfire return to northeast neighborhood

Residents near the intersection of 13th and Spruce don't need a calendar to tell them when summer has arrived.

The gunfire announces it for them.

"Every summer," an elderly woman said when she was asked Friday about how often she hears shots fired in her neighborhood.

She heard it again Friday, when rival gang members exchanged shots at the house across the street in the 1300 block of Spruce, near 13th and Grove.

No injuries were reported.

The woman said that when she heard the first shot shortly before 11:45 a.m., she thought it was a firecracker. But then two louder blasts followed, and she got up from watching TV and locked her door to keep anyone involved from barging in.

The "firecracker" was a handgun fired into a window, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. The louder sounds were shotgun blasts fired in response.

Police canvassed the neighborhood, talking to residents and those inside the house. At least two were detained for questioning.

"I'm the victim!" one of them protested repeatedly.

Nobody seems to stay at the house where the shooting occurred for more than a few months at a time, the neighbor said.

The woman who lived nearby recently bought a security system to protect her house.

She's lived there six years, she said, and just doesn't feel safe there anymore.

"Every summer there's something," she said.

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