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Video Captures Sounds Of Gunfire Across Chester On New Year's Eve

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A "Seasons Greetings" sign is seen in an area of Chester Thursday. Residents reported hearing gunshots on New Year's Eve. A "Seasons Greetings" sign is seen in an area of Chester Thursday. Residents reported hearing gunshots on New Year's Eve.
CHESTER, Pa. -

Lots of folks in Chester spent New Year's Eve ducking for cover as the clock struck midnight, as "celebratory" gunfire rang out across the city.

FOX 29's Bruce Gordon counted at least 120 separate gunshots, plus a burst of automatic weapons fire and dozens of muffled shots in the distance, on a five minute Youtube video posted and quickly removed from public access.

Chester residents we talked to said they feared for their safety as midnight approached.

"Oh, gunshots coming from all different angles," said Gloria Rothwell, as she described waiting for a bus that night, to take her to a nearby casino. "Even when I was on the bus, I was hearing the gunshots as we were coming through Chester."

Brenda Gleekia described her daughter surviving 90 minutes of terror outside her Chester home, as the clock struck midnight.

"She was in the house with my grandson and two of his little friends. and my grandson's hollering- he's 11- hollering 'get low! get low! We got to get down!' And it's sad that your 11-year-old child has to feel he's not safe in his house."

Rick Pope has lived in Chester his whole life.

He wouldn't dream of venturing outside to celebrate.

"You would want to think that it's a safe thing to come out on New Year's, but in actuality-" Pope's words were drowned out by a police car speeding by with siren screaming. "That's all you see," said Pope, referring to the police car.

In fact, in Chester, it's what you hear- gunfire- that makes you shake your head.

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