MONROE, N.C. -- Shattered windows, bullet-ridden walls and damages to vehicles were left behind in one Union County neighborhood Monday after deputies say someone fired several shots at random.
“I just hit the floor and started praying,” neighbor Motoka Morris said. “I've never experienced anything like that before, it was terrifying.”
Union County Sheriff spokesperson Tony Underwood says it happened around 9 p.m. Monday on Griffith Road in Monroe.
They believe someone may have been randomly shooting out of a dark pickup truck.
Several vehicles and at least four homes were struck by bullets, which investigators determined to be birdshot ammunition.
“It's dangerous behavior, it's careless behavior and that's why we need to find who's responsible,” Underwood said. “A person who would just randomly spray gunfire like that in a community, it could've been catastrophic.”
The neighborhood is now dealing with thousands of dollars worth of property damage and a shaken sense of security.
“It was like 5:30 a.m. before I go to sleep,” Morris said. “I couldn't close my eyes without hearing it or thinking about what could've happened.”
If you know anything about who is responsible, you’re asked to call crime stoppers at 704-283-5600. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.