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No clues in drive-by shooting

Children inside the Century house that is riddled by shotgun blast


April 14, 2022

Joe Thomas

Pellets penetrate vehicle parked in front of house

A woman sleeping in a house on Ashford Alley in Century said she was awakened about 4 or 5 a.m. Sunday morning by the sound of gunshots and pellets from a shotgun coming through the house.

"I was in the house asleep and heard the shots," the woman, who didn't want to be identified, said.

She said she heard five shots and the house and a car parked outside were full of pellet holes that appeared to come from a shotgun using buckshot.

"It's not right," she said. "As far as I know, we have no enemies. We've got four or five children in the house."

No one was injured in the drive-by shooting according to those in the house and the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office.

Amber Southward, public information officer for the sheriff's office, said deputies responded to a report of a drive-by shooting on Ashford Alley shortly before 6 a.m. She said deputies found spent shell casings and damage to the house and the vehicle.

Joe Thomas

Shotgun pattern sends buckshot into Century home

Another person at the scene Monday said it was his sister's house and felt that it was a retaliation, based on false information.

"There were a lot of kids in the house," the who did not want to be identified said. "It's such a stupid thing. I've got nieces and nephews in that house and somebody is doing this."

He said when he arrived he determined one of the shotgun pellets apparently missed his sister's head by about an inch. He said he hopes those who fired the shots are found and arrested.

As of press time Wednesday, no arrests had been made and the incident is still under investigation by the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office asks that if anyone has information they should call the sheriff's office at 850-436-9620 or CrimeStoppers at 850-433-7867.


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