Parents said on Tuesday that they were thankful their children were not struck by bullets that flew through their apartment complex on Monday.
Resident Misty Wakely said that she counted nearly 20 bullet holes near her apartment.
“All of a sudden, they started flying like, shoot, shoot, and I heard them like blowing right past me,” Wakely said. “One of our kids could have gotten hit. There could have been dead people.”
Wakely said that 15 children, including her own, were playing outside when they began screaming to get inside.
Resident Charles Tati said that he had a 9- and 8-year-old visiting at the time, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting occurred from behind a tree line, where, they said, a 17-year-old armed with a 22-caliber pistol was target practicing.
“If you have a scope, you see what you’re shooting, and all they did was take his gun away,” Wakely said.
The sheriff’s department confirmed that the gun did have a scope and that the teenager lived near the entrance of the apartment complex.
The teenager has not been charged, Landers reported.
Residents said that they were told conflicting reports about the kind of weapon that was used. They said that the apartment managers told them it was a rifle.
A preliminary sheriff’s investigation called the shooting accidental.
The incident was referred to the juvenile prosecutor for possible charges, Landers reported.
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