Sleeping children in Sumter narrowly missed by gunfire

bmarchant@theitem.comAugust 23, 2013 

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— Children sleeping on a couch early Friday morning narrowly avoided injury or worse when several gunshots were fired into their home.

Their night's sleep was disrupted about 12:32 a.m. when at least three shots rang out, spraying bullets into the house in the 1000 block of Boulevard Road.

No injuries were reported, but one bullet was found to have struck a sofa where a 7-year-old and a 12-year-old had been lying asleep.

Another bullet reportedly traveled through a wall and into the kitchen, where it was found on the floor. A third bullet lodged in the living room wall. Damage to the home was estimated at $100.

In addition to one adult, three other children between the ages of 6 and 12 were reportedly sleeping in a rear bedroom at the time of the shooting. They were not in the path of the bullets.

Investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and collected evidence pointing to a small firearm. No one inside the house witnessed the shooter.

"It doesn't appear to be a drive-by attack, because the bullets did not come in at an angle," said Lt. Robert Burnish. "It looks like somebody walked into the yard and fired directly at the house."

The incident remains under investigation.

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