School fight may have led to drive-by shooting

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

September 12, 2006

Richmond County investigators believe it was a fight at school that led to a drive-by shooting in one neighborhood.

Awanda Thomas, a mother of four, was injured in that shooting. She says the violence between teenagers is escalating into deadly force.

Eight bullet holes went through Thomas's mobile home. She says much of the violence happening in the neighborhood is trickling in from the schools.

The mother of four was hanging up laundry when the shots rang out.

Thomas' mobile home is full of bullet holes. The bullets pierced a picture and several pieces of laundry.

"I felt the numbness go through my leg and I was like, 'Oh, y'all, I been shot,' and I look and there was a puddle of blood on the floor."

Thomas believes the drive-by escalated from an altercation between her daughter and another student at Josey High School.

She says the fighting is escalating and then trickling into neighborhoods.

"Whatever's happening in the neighborhood, they're bringing it to the schools," she said. "It don't make no sense."

"Something starts at some other location, and yes, it definitely happens," Inv. Tom Johnson of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told News 12.

Inv. Johnson is working the case and says it appears that two different caliber weapons were used.

Some bullets were so powerful they went in and out and all the way through another trailer.

"You have some bullet holes that are smaller than others," Inv. Johnson explained. "Some didn't penetrate and others penetrated all the way through."

A mother caught in the crossfire hopes this serves as a lesson to end the violence.

"I could have been dead," Thomas said.

Investigators say two types of weapons were used, but no shell casings were found. If you know anything about this drive-by shooting you are asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are looking for three 17- and 18-year-olds who were in a "shimmery" green car with 24-inch rims and dark tinted windows.

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