Norristown Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a Norristown resident's minivan last week and that they believe may be connected to an incident nearly a month prior where shots were fired at the same resident's home.
According to reports from the Norristown Police Department, officers responded to the 600 block of Kohn Street just before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for a report of a vehicle fire. On the scene, police discovered a 2012 Dodge Caravan completely engulfed in flames.
An officer made contact with the vehicle owner, who lives in the neighborhood. The owner reportedly told police she did not know who would do this to her car or why. A witness told police that he was awoken by what sounded like an explosion behind his house and when he looked outside, saw his neighbor's vehicle on fire.
The fire was extinguished by the Norristown Fire Department and the vehicle was transported to a secure facility until it could be processed by an arson investigator.
Police had responded to the same address shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, for a report of shots fired. No one was injured in the incident, but the homeowner's front window, television and wall all sustained damage from gunshots.
Police recovered a total of 13 shells from the scene, originating from two different weapons. The victim reportedly told police in that incident as well that she has no known enemies and does not know why anyone would shoot at her house.
Authorities believe the two incidents may be related and are conducting an active investigation. Anyone with information about either incident are asked to contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.