Suspects shoot at Newnan homes
by Wes Mayer
Newnan authorities are still investigating two shootings which occurred earlier this week – there were no injuries, but bullets did strike homes.
The first shooting occurred Sunday around 4:15 a.m. That morning, Officer Doug Jones with the Newnan Police Department responded to shots fired in the Pines by the Creek apartments on Heery Road, and when he arrived, he found a group of people standing outside.
According to Jones, a witness approached him and identified the two suspects by name, but said they fled in a two-door silver Scion before Jones arrived. The witness also said she knew a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun were used in the shooting.
Jones met with a victim whose apartment was struck by two bullets on the left side of his porch door. Jones was able to follow the bullet holes, which went through the outer wall into a bedroom, through an interior wall into another bedroom, and through the opposite wall into another apartment. According to Jones, he met with the other apartment’s owner and found one bullet was stopped by the third wall, but the other stopped in her closet.
Jones was able to trace bullets into two other apartments, and nobody was injured. One apartment had bulletholes in the living room window and walls, and the other had a bullet travel into the victim’s couch.
According to Jones, authorities searched the area and were unable to locate the suspects’ vehicle. All the shell casings, including spent, and one unspent, shotgun shells, .223 caliber casings and .45 caliber casings were taken as evidence.
The second shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Pinson Street and Burch Avenue. Officer Bradley Thompson was dispatched to the area and found two victims who were uninjured, but was unable to locate any suspects.
One of the residents said he was lying on the couch when he heard gunshots outside and the sound of bullets hitting his walls. The victim said he rolled off the couch onto the floor and stayed there until the shooting ended. The female victim in the home said she was in the back bedroom lying on the bed when she heard the gunshots, and she also rolled onto the floor.
According to Thompson, he entered the residence and found bullet holes in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, rear bedroom and hallway, and only one bullet was recovered from the rear bedroom’s door. Thompson also walked out the back door and discovered at least 18 bullets traveled all the way through the home.
In front of the home on the corner of Pinson and Burch, Thompson found 18 spent .223 caliber casings on the ground. He also met with a witness who said he dove to the ground when he heard the gunshots, but he saw a black male with a rifle get into a gray or light gold Chevrolet Tahoe before leaving the area down Burch Avenue toward Robinson Street.
After this, the Newnan Fire Department was dispatched to the home due to the light smell of smoke in the area, and they arrived and cleared the house as safe.