News 12 at 11 / Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's a sight neighbor Christina Allen will never forget.
"His shirt, everything was covered. I mean, his side, it was all covered in blood," she described.
It was the product of a home invasion in the middle of the day in the house next door. Allen, living just feet away, says she heard it all.
"I heard a big boom. I was like, what is that? And we were like, we don't know, and then we started hearing gunshots," she said.
Deputies say four masked men broke into the home at 535 Wrights Avenue and started shooting.
"He said it was guys with ski masks and shotguns. We heard 3 rounds of shots. It was one round, silence, another round, silence and then the last round," Allen remembered.
Bullets flew just feet away from Allens walls, injuring neighbors 45-year-old Ricky Goree and 34-year old James Overton and leaving Allen wondering if she was next.
"I was scared. I mean, I'm like sitting on the floor because I don't know if bullets are going to start flying through my windows or my door," she said.
Instead, she was visited by her neighbor, gunshot wound to his side asking her for help.
"Rick was standing on top of my steps, bleeding, asking me to call 911," Allen said.
The rest of the afternoon investigators swarmed the Wrights Avenue home and the surrounding area searching for the four armed suspects.
"This is a high crime neighborhood. I mean, police canvas this neighborhood day in and day out, and for someone to be brave enough to just do that is just beyond me," Allen admitted.
It was a bold move in broad daylight that left a neighborhood shaken up.
"There were people on their porches and everything, and they just jumped out of their car and basically tried to commit murder," Allen said.
Both shooting victims are said to be stable. One was shot in his hip and ankle. The other was shot in his lower back. They are expected to recover.
Meanwhile, deputies are still looking for the four armed men. They're asking everyone to be on the lookout for a newer model Chevy Impala with dark tinted windows. Investigators say they did get away with some unspecified items. Neighbors tell News 12 it may have been TVs.