Drive-by shooting causes panic in Augusta neighborhood

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, June 14, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- After a drive-by shooting last week almost hit a 4-year-old in a car, neighbors say enough is enough.

"He was all upset and he was like, 'Nana, I thought I was dead,'" Pearlie Peps said. "My grandson, he's the love of my life."

A thought that she still has a hard time thinking about.

She, her husband and her grandson were in this car about to leave the corner store when a bullet hit their car.

"He ducked, and so I ducked, but I heard what sounded like gravel thrown on the car, and then when I got out to check, that's what it was, a gunshot in the window," she said.

It missed her 4-year-old grandson by mere inches.

"If you look at that bullet hole standing directly behind the car, my grandson is there, he could have been killed," Peps said.

She says it's a part of a bigger problem on the streets in and around Dogwood Terrace.

"I'm scared to go to sleep a lot of times over here," she explained.

Within the past three months, News 12 has responded to four calls in the neighborhood. All of those calls were shootings.

"You hear gunshots pretty regularly, I mean there's fights that go on a lot," she said.

And she doesn't want her grandson around any of it, especially now that he's been a victim of it. She worries next time he won't be so lucky.

"It's not safe, it's not a good environment at all, I mean, drugs, shooting and stuff is everywhere, but I think it's just really bad," she said about her neighborhood.

And now, for her, it's much worse.

"If he had been sitting in this backseat right here, you know it's just," she said.

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