THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Sheriff's Office is looking for someone who might have kicked in a door and fired shots into a residence in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

About midnight Sunday, a door was kicked in at an apartment in the 200 block of Williamsburg Avenue, according to reports. Shots were fired into the residence.

"There were two rounds fired in the apartment," said Lt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff's Office chief investigator.

Occupants were not injured.

The sheriff's office responded and enlisted the help of the Thomasville Police Department canine unit. The track was lost after leading to a woodline and along two nearby streets.

Occupants of the apartment told investigators they heard a loud bang, then gunfire.

Watkins said occupants included a teacher, a minister, a woman in the third trimester of pregnancy, another adult and a child.

The victims are not engaged in activities that would result in their being gunfire targets, Watkins said.

Two shell casings were recovered from the dwelling. Bullets removed from walls will be sent to the state crime lab.

"It might be a case of mistake identity," the investigator said.

Neighbors did not see a vehicle arrive at or leave the apartment near the time of the incident. It is believed the suspect walked to the crime scene.

Surveillance video from the neighborhood will be checked in an effort to identify the shooter. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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