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Stray Bullet Flies Through Home While Family Sleeps

Victim and family worry it could happen again due to history of gunfire in the area.

An Auburn man and his family escaped injury after a bullet passed through the rear wall of a Pleasure Ives Court home, through the bathroom walls and into the bedroom where the homeowners lay sleeping.

The incident occurred just before midnight on June 19 in the Mineral Springs Crossing subdivision. The rear of the victim’s house faces Clack Road and, according to the police report, the bullet was fired from that direction. The report indicates the bullet lodged in the brick front wall of the home after passing through the rest of the house.

Officers were unable to locate the shooter or any shell casings.

In an email to Dacula Patch, the victim, Jeremy Diers, wrote, “To make a long story short, it looks like someone was shooting at street signs on Clack Road, directly behind my house, and didn’t think about the consequences.”

Diers and his family are concerned that this sort of incident could recur.

“It was very scary and now my family lives with the dread that it could happen again as we have heard this type of gunfire in the area before but this was the first time that a bullet hit our house,” he wrote.

Though no one was injured, Diers explained he and his family know the results of the stray gunfire could have been very different. 

“The really scary part is the ‘what ifs’ your mind thinks of later,” he wrote. “Luckily no one was up or the outcome could have been much worse.”

In his email, Diers added that he hopes whoever was responsible for the gunfire will realize how dangerous their actions were.

“Maybe if the person that did this reads the Patch, sees that the actions impacted a family and that it could have been much worse, they wouldn’t shoot at street signs in the future,” he wrote.

The case is listed as active.

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Kristi June 23, 2012 at 01:59 PM
We live about 5 miles from you in The Lakes subdivision on Old Hog Mtn. Rd near Boss Hardy Rd. and twice this past week around midnight we've heard VERY close gunshots and have been very scared ourselves! The shots are outside our neighborhood so there is no ordinance about random shooting in Barrow County from what I understand. If it were inside our subdivision, it would fall under a covenants infraction. I think the county sheriff's department should start patrolling a little more in these areas at that time of night. We didn't call police for fear there would be retalliation on the part of the shooter. I may be rethinking that however since reading about this unfortunate situation with the stray bullet. My guess is that the idiots shooting are drunk and drinking and shooting surely don't mix! (BTW--heard 5 shots just last night across the street in the woods at 12:30am)
Kristi Reed (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Hi Kristi - Discharge of a weapon is covered under state law. You can't fire a weapon within 50 yards of a public highway or street: http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?title=16&chapter=11&section=103 It is also against the law to discharge a firearm while under the influence: http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?title=16&chapter=11&section=134 If you see or hear these activities, you should notify the authorities.
Brian Crawford June 25, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Unfortunately we have created a culture where any darn fool feels empowered to carry, brandish, or discharge their precious guns whenever and wherever they feel.
Jayne June 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I live on Fence road and heard the shots about 1120 last Tuesday nite, I notified police but I dont know if they actually came out or not.

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