Apartment break-in ends with gunfire

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

February 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A break-in at a Richmond County apartment complex on Lumpkin Road turned violent with gunshots, and now police are searching for the two men responsible.

No one was injured, but residents there say they're fearful that if it happens again, they could be hit by a stray bullet.

One 80-year-old resident we spoke with didn't want to be identified--we'll call her "Mary".

"I heard the guns fired four times. When I heard the first time, I hit the floor and laid down," she said.

Mary says she was the person who called the police after hearing several gunshots outside her window at the Shadowood apartment complex.

"I called the police and told them, 'Y'all get here. You can go meet them at the mailbox.' So that's where they pulled in, they were there for about two or three hours. I don't know if they caught them or not."

Richmond County deputies are searching for two men. They say one kicked in a door to an apartment and took money.

Mary says after hearing the shots, she saw someone running from behind a nearby building.

You can see glass all over the place from the window in an upstairs apartment where the men may have entered. It's not known how someone could have gotten up there, but witnesses say they saw a car parked here in the back.

"I was trying to sleep, but I heard three or four shots and it woke me up," said resident Sheila Bennett.

Sheila tried to take a nap Saturday evening, but her rest was interrupted by loud gunfire.

"I didn't get back to sleep till that night," she said. "I tried to--maybe it was my nerves."

Sheila says that the shooting has made her nervous being in the area, but at this point she has no plans of moving. However, Mary says she's not sure whether she'll stay or not.

"I've been here six years," she said. "I'm about ready to get out of here, too, if it keeps on."

Richmond County deputies are still investigating and questioning all of the nearby residents. They don't have a suspect description to offer, but if you have any information, you're asked to call Richmond County investigators at 706- 821-1020.

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