THOMASVILLE — To date, no one has been injured by gunfire eruptions on two recent nights, but it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt, law enforcement officials said.
People asleep at a West Merrill Street residence were awakened by gunfire that struck the house.
Police officers happened to be nearby when about 10 shots rang out in the Railroad Street/Mulberry Street area. A witness told officers a white sedan had been in the neighborhood around the time of the gunfire.
"It is fortunate nobody has been hurt," said Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Commander Toby Knifer. "There's an old saying that what goes up has to come down somewhere."
The gunfire has taken place during nighttime hours. The chance of finding witnesses is "slim to none," the commander said, because most people are asleep.
"We do not know what the issues are," Knifer said.
Detectives do not know if gunfire is aimed into the air or at parked vehicles. No conflicts have been discovered thus far in the investigations.
Crime scenes have been established in the areas where gunfire has occurred. Gun casings from both locations have been sent to ballistics testing to determine if the gunfire in the two incidents is connected.
Knifer said the weapons are most likely handguns.
Anyone in a location where gunfire erupts should call police immediately.
"Don't take action yourselves," Knifer said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820