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Athens house targeted by gunfire

By Joe Johnson

Someone shot into an occupied house in a northside neighborhood early Thursday morning, but none of the five people inside were injured, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

Officers responded to the home on Acadia Drive at about 12:30 a.m. on a resident's report that she heard gunshots and a bullet had gone through her house.

When officers arrived, the 44-year-old woman explained she and her husband were asleep in their bedroom, which faces the street, when she “heard 3-4 loud pops, saw some sparks, so she laid on the floor,” according to the report.

She and her husband then checked on the welfare of everyone else in the home and after seeing a bullet hole in her window she called 911, the report notes.

The woman’s 26-year-old daughter, who was in an adjacent bedroom said after hearing the gunshots she observed ceiling residue on her floor, which “freaked her out,” according to the police report, and two male family members said they hit the floor upon hearing gunfire.

When officers examined the house, they found two places where bullets penetrated the home -- one that went through the couple’s bedroom window and another through the window’s shutter and exterior wall, according to the report.

Both projectiles passed over the bed and into a wall, one of which passed through the second wall and into the daughter’s bedroom, where it scraped the ceiling before striking a wall, according to the report.

Thu used cartridge case from a 9mm round was found in the street in front of the house, and the report notes that none of the occupants, who ranged in age from 16 to 66, knew of no one who might have been responsible.

A police spokesman said it was “unknown at this time” if the incident was a drive-by shooting.

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