Same southside house shot up for at least sixth time; Swicord "incredibly frustrated"


It's something that most people think would never happen in a small town, and it's something that shouldn't ever happen in a small town.

Nevertheless, another drive-by shooting was reported last week at the same house in the 200 block of Pennington Drive, marking at least the sixth time that the home has been the target of a drive-by shooting.

The police reports are always the same. None of the residents saw anything or anybody, while investigators had a hard time figuring out which bullet holes were new and which were old. By this point, Milledeville Police Department Chief Dray Swicord said that "there are pretty much bullet holes everywhere – the front of house, the side of the house and even the roof."

"It's incredibly frustrating, and it's strictly gang-related," the chief said. "I don't know when people will wake up, or if they ever will. How much is this community supposed to tolerate? (The MPD) will take part in these community forums, where people will speak up about the violence, but nothing ever comes of (the forums), and the same things just keep on happening."

Pennington Road is located off of the Vinson Highway and near the old Southside Elementary School.

Last week's drive-by marked the fourth in the last 13 months at the exact same house.  Back in November, 25 shell casings were recovered in the roadway, and the primary resident of the home was uncooperative and "didn't understand why everyone needed to come outside" to talk to police, adding that she "did not know who shot at her home." Last August, meanwhile, investigators recovered 26 shell casings, including multiple rifle rounds, and last April the above ground pool was taken out by gunfire, while the front door also was shot.

Incredibly, the home in the 200 block of Pennington Road isn't the only southside property that's been shot up at least a half-dozen times. A property in the 100 block of Barnes Avenue, located on the other side of the Vinson Highway, also is pushing double digit drive-by shootings, and it's also in the running for the gold medal at the drive-by Olympics.

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