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Fiancee of woman hit by stray bullet: midnight gunshots were 'like a war zone'

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis woman started the new year in the hospital after getting hit by a stray bullet in her own west-side apartment.

It happened on the 5700 block of Port Irving Drive. 

Tiara Spencer, 27, was stable and recovering, according to Spencer's fiancee, Rachel Yuille. 

Yuille had planned for a nice, quiet New Year's Eve at home with her dad, her kids and Spencer. She said the clock struck midnight and her children, ages 8 and 12, walked to the window to watch what sounded like fireworks. 

"My dad was like: 'Wait, no, those are gunshots. Those are not fireworks anymore. You get away from the window,'" Yuille said. 

Spencer walked over to help move the kids then fell to the floor after the bullet flew through their kitchen window and struck her in the stomach. 

"She said: 'Babe, I am hit,'" Yuille said. 

Yuille told her kids to hide in the bathroom while she did what she could to slow the bleeding. Her dad called 911. 

"It's surreal almost because I never would have imagined something like this could happen so close to home and in my home," Yuille said. "We're not doing anything wrong. We're home. We're ringing in the new year together as a family."

People across the city reported rapid gunfire around midnight - a problem police said they deal with every year. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department warned the public on News 8 on Monday that celebrating with gunfire is criminal recklessness

Miranda May, who lives directly below Yuille and Spencer, described Spencer as a hardworking, generous person. 

"We heard probably about 1,000 gunshots last night," May said. "She got shot because everybody's ignorant on New Year's and they don't know what to do and act right."

Yuille said the sounds were "like a war zone, almost."

She said her fiancee is strong and will recover. Yuille decided New Year's Day that she is moving. 

"I don't feel safe in my own home and that's the one place that I should have peace and comfort and safety for me and my children," Yuille said. "And I don't."

Police were looking for the shooter. 


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