Random bullets menace Hope Mills community :: WRAL.com

— Lewis Oatman and his family recently had to take cover while trying to enjoy a day in their backyard swimming pool.

Out of nowhere, bullets started flying.

“The ones of us who could get behind the pool, got behind the pool while they were dialing 911,” Oatman told WRAL News. “Others tried to make it in the house.”

The Hope Mills man thinks the bullets are coming from people taking target practice in wooded areas near his home. He showed us the holes they’ve left in his back fence.

He’s not the only resident of his Fairwoods Forest community to experience bullets flying from the woods into their cars and houses.

Julie Brooks and her daughter Stephanie live in a neighboring community. They recently had a close call while standing on their porch.

“We were like, wait a minute, those are really loud,” Stephanie Brooks said, “and we hear them like pew, pew, pew by.”

“I heard a pop, pop, pop, pop. And then I could hear the bullets come in between our house,” Julie Brooks recounted. “I ran inside and got my husband.”

No one was hit, but at least one bullet left its mark.

“We walked out to go to the grocery store, and I was like, wait a minute, what is that on the car?” Stephanie said. “And I said, ‘Mom, a bullet hit your car!'”

Residents say authorities usually respond quickly when they’re called about the shots. The wooded area is not a shooting range. But so far, police haven’t been able to catch the shooters.

Authorities say they will put up a drone to see where these shots are coming from.

The good news is that so far, nobody has been hurt.

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