91-year-old woman speaks out after shots fired into Sylacauga home

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SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — Sylacauga Police are looking for whoever is responsible for shooting up a 91-year-old’s home, according to a news release sent out Tuesday.

The incident happened in the 200 block of S. Davis around 9 .m. on August 2nd.

CBS 42 spoke to the victim and agreed not to reveal her identity to protect her privacy.

“I heard it but I thought it was firecrackers,” said the 91-year-old woman.

The victim explained that she was sitting in her chair by the window when she heard the noise. She called police once she noticed the damage.

“I didn’t even think about it being somebody shooting me you know and I didn’t get scared until the cops came out here,” the woman said.

Wood is splintered on the inside of her home from where a bullet appeared to have hit. There is also damage to the door and the outside of the home. The victim believes she was very close to the gunfire.

“If I had got up the bullet would have went through me,” said the victim.

The woman immediately began to wonder why someone would have shot into her home.

“I told that cop I said I don’t have any enemies as far as I know,” she said.

Sylcacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson doesn’t think the woman was the intended target.

“It’s usually the innocent ones that get hurt in these situations,” said Johnson.

Johnson knows bullets don’t have a name and said the woman is fortunate she was not hurt by the gunfire.

“They don’t know who is in that house, kids are killed everyday, the wrong people are killed everyday, or injured and it’s just a sad world we’re living in now a days,” said Johnson.

Investigators are interviewing neighbors and possible witnesses to generate a suspect.

“They had the wrong house of course, whose house they were targeting we have no clue,” said Johnson.

While the victim is shaken up, she won’t let the frightening encounter take her peace of mind.

“I’m staying in my house, it’s paid for, and this is my house and I’m staying in it. I’m 91 years old,” said the victim.

If you know anything about the crime, call Sylacauga Police Department Investigator Layton at 256.401.2456. Neighbors can also report tips anonymously to the SPD tip line at 256.249.4716.

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