Stray bullet from neighborhood shootout narrowly misses Pensacola man
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
The search is on for several suspects connected to a late night shooting in a Pensacola neighborhood.
The shooting happened outside a home on Le Jeune Drive. A stray bullet flew all the way down the street, ending up in one man's bathroom.
"If you were washing your hands or using the restroom, that would have been it," said Eddie Roche. "You wouldn't even know what hit you."
Luckily, Roche wasn't near the sink. He was asleep and his son and father were downstairs when the bullet shot through the home.
"It went from this hole over here and traveled all the way through here," said Roche.
Now, the search is on to find out who pulled the trigger.
"People who do this have no regard for human life," said Pensacola Police Officer Mike Wood. "They're very dangerous and we want to make an arrest as fast as we can on this."
No arrests have been made, but Officer Wood said they do have suspects.
"We want the public to know we're not going to tolerate it, and we want people who do this to know we're not going to tolerate it," said Wood.
Katie Winschief lives a few houses away.
"All of a sudden, I hear this rapid sequence of boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," said Winschief.
Winschief was the one who called 911.
"They were screaming in the road and there are these cars that are gathered around and people are cussing and hollering and you can obviously see that something happened," said Winschief.
Another neighbor has surveillance footage showing what she said is the suspects fleeing the scene in a dark-colored car.
Wood said at least 14 shots were fired and they believe two or three suspects are involved.
Those living in the area are thankful no one was injured, but it doesn't make the situation any less worrying.
"It was a pretty scary thing," said Roche. "I would never think that kind of thing would happen in my neighborhood."
"It's not the kind of conversation you want to have with your children… 'Hey when you hear bullets flying, hit the deck'," said Winschief. "That's not the bedtime story I was exactly looking for."
Over the next few days, neighbors in the area can expect to see an increase in police presence. If you have information on the shooting call (850) 433-STOP.