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New Year's gunshots reported at 3 Newton County homes

COVINGTON — At least three Newton County residents reported their homes had been hit by bullets on New Year’s Day.

A family in the Overlook Pass subdivision reported to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office that they left their home around noon Wednesday, and when they returned home just before 8 p.m., they discovered an air mattress had apparently been struck by a bullet.

The resident said she noticed her daughter’s air mattress in her bedroom was deflated and there was a hole in it.

“After she further investigated, she discovered another hole located at the foot of the air mattress and at the bottom,” the incident report completed by NCSO Deputy Joseph Lightsey states. “She then noticed a bullet that lay on the floor near the air mattress.”

The complainant then found a hole in the top of the wall in her daughter’s bedroom and another hole outside in the house siding, the report states.

Later in the evening, another homeowner reported to the Sheriff’s Office that sometime between 11:40 and 11:50 p.m. they heard a gun being discharged at the residence and a bullet went through a wall and into a bedroom.

Deputy Cortney Morrison said the complainant and her husband heard someone drive by the house and then heard several gunshots.

“They realized that a bullet had penetrated their adult son’s room,” Morrison said. “The bullet went through a shutter on the window, then through a wall and into some furniture and then struck a wall behind the furniture.”

She said the bullet was found on the bedroom floor.

The homeowners also reported that a window of their vehicle that was parked in the driveway was also shattered by a gunshot.

The NCSO Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate this case, Morrison said.

Also on Jan. 1, between 10:30 and 11 p.m., a resident in the Country Woods subdivision reported that someone fired a shot that went through her garage window.