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Family claims children inside home during drive-by shooting

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The Lahr Road home was riddled with bullets. (WSMV) The Lahr Road home was riddled with bullets. (WSMV)
SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

Residents in one Robertson County neighborhood are fearful after a drive-by shooting left a home riddled with bullets.

A man inside said there were children inside the home at the time.

"These are the three that went through my mother's room," said Garett Perez, pointing out holes in his Lahr Road home. "This is the one that almost took my head off."

Perez said his mother, friend Brandon Farmer, young sister and cousins were all in the home around 4 a.m. Sunday when shots from a drive-by jolted them all awake.

"I hear a bunch of yelling in the house, everybody talking about 'get down!' A bullet grazed my lip," Perez said. "I woke up with dry wall all over my face, bullet holes everywhere in the house. My mom started panicking. There was blood everywhere. We found 16 shells outside. Thirteen bullets came through the house."

Perez said Farmer was hit in the thigh, but no one suffered any serious injuries.

"I'm just glad it was thighs and hips that got grazed and hit," Perez said. "It wasn't heads, chests, stomachs and stuff that could've gotten someone injured. I know whoever did it got a mama. Their mama don't want them doing life in prison. Whoever did this, in my eyes, you're just sick, and you don't have nothing to live for. If you got problems with me or my girlfriend, why would you shoot my house up knowing well my family's in here? If you so tough in the street, why would you shoot my house up? Why can't you wait to see me? My little sister had to put her mattress next to mine on the ground because she was scared. She wanted to sleep with her big brother. She didn't know what was going on."

Neighbor Johnny Gardner said he has long thought of his road as quiet and safe, but he said this is the second drive-by at Perez's house.

"It makes you fearful for your family," Gardner said. "The houses out here are fairly close, so my concern is something like that happens, it could be the wrong house and an innocent can get hurt."

Perez said the previous drive-by was by a man he's since resolved any conflicts.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Department is still looking into who's responsible for what happened Sunday.

"If I find out who did it, I'm not going to tell nobody," Perez said. "I'm just going to handle it how I've got to handle it. And me? I don't like guns. I'll fight. So, nine times out of 10, he's not going to get a gun pulled out on him. I'm just going to fight him.

Perez said he was close friends with Brandon Gardner, a man killed in a November 2014 drive-by in Springfield. Perez said he wondered if the drive-by at his home could be connected to Gardner's case, but he's not sure.

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