Shooters fire at home with kids inside

Bullet holes on the sides of the home
Bullet holes on the sides of the home

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Some residents who live in a quiet Gonzales neighborhood are on edge after a home was riddled with bullets in the middle of the night.

Ascension Parish Sheriff's detectives said it happened on Thursday on Richard Miles Road at around 1:30 a.m.

They report some of the bullets were found in a child's bedroom.

"I woke up hearing something going pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," a neighbor said.

"I heard rapid gunfire. It woke me up. I didn't know where it was coming from," another neighbor said.

The two women, who do not wish to be identified, said they are terrified to walk outside of their own homes. Their peace and quiet was interrupted early Thursday morning when someone started shooting at a trailer home on their street.

"This is the first time this has happened back here. It was very scary."

Bullet holes cover the front and sides of the mobile home.

Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Major Kevin Hanna said three children live there. Some of the of the bullets went through one of their bedrooms.

"Fortunately the children were sleeping on the couch because we recovered several projectiles from their bedroom. We are very fortunate we are not working a homicide," Maj. Hanna said.

Detectives said a metal detector helped them find three shell casings that appear to belong to a .40 caliber handgun.

"At first it was reported as a drive-by shooting. Through further in investigation we found witnesses that observed two subjects running through the yard," Maj. Hanna said.

Major Hanna said detectives have no suspects or motive.

"The neighborhood is ordinarily quiet. We rarely have any situations, any cases we work in that location," Maj. Hanna said.

Residents said they won't rest until the suspects are off the streets.

"It could have been a deadly situation here, and it's scary."

Detectives said witnesses reported seeing two men get into a white sedan, possibly an Acura.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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