Stray New Year’s bullets land on boy’s bed, soldier’s duffel

jkovac@macon.comJanuary 2, 2013 

There were no reports of anyone being hurt by celebratory New Year’s gunfire in the midstate, but shots did strike houses and cars. One stray bullet even punched through a bedroom ceiling in southwest Macon and landed on a boy’s bed.

A woman on Sherrill Drive, just west of Rice Mill Road, called the police shortly after midnight Monday while revelers were apparently shooting into the air to ring in 2013.

The woman said her son had been playing a video game in his room. When he left the room, he heard something hit the roof. When her son went back into the room, a police report noted, he saw a hole in the ceiling -- and a bullet on his bed.

About 20 minutes later on Partridge Drive, a couple of blocks east of Edna Place, another bullet zipped through a bedroom ceiling at Joan McKissick’s house. A fragment came to rest on the green Army duffel bag her son had been packing to head back to his base in Kentucky.

“Where he was standing ... if he had not left the room, it probably would have got him in his head or his shoulder,” McKissick, 50, said Wednesday.

She said her son, Jazmine, 22, has served in Afghanistan.

“He was calm” when he found the bullet fragment, she said. “He was like, ‘Mama, come here for a minute.’ I could tell from his voice that maybe something was wrong. ... That’s when I saw the Sheetrock had shattered. I kept thinking, ‘Just think if he was still standing there.’”

The police officer who went to McKissick’s home wrote in an incident report that there were “hundreds of gunshots reported at midnight” Monday.

Someone on Short Street in east Macon called the cops after a bullet apparently hit the windshield of a GMC Yukon.

At the Colonial Terrace Apartments on Houston Avenue, a bullet busted a window pane, and on Friar Road -- near Rocky Creek Road in southwest Macon -- a bullet dinged the roof of a 2007 Toyota Camry.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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