WARNER ROBINS -- A man covering his face with a blue bandana early Wednesday opened fire on several men playing cards in the open garage of a residence in the 400 block of Alabama Avenue.
Rashaad Simmons, 29, of Warner Robins, was taken by ambulance to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon after he suffered gunshot wounds on both hands, police said.
Kenneth Hammonds, 23, of Macon, and Xavier Hawkins, 24, of Warner Robins, each suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, according to a police department news release.
Hammonds, wearing a white bandage wrapped around his knee, said he was only grazed by the bullet.
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Shantess Hart, 23, Hammond’s girlfriend, said her father also was in the garage when the gunfire erupted. He was not hurt.
She and her children, who are 5 and nearly 1, were in her bed watching TV when the shooting happened.
“I’m scared for my son,” Hart said of the 5-year-old. “He had just asked to go out to the garage about five minutes before all the shooting started.”
She heard what she at first thought were pool balls dropping from the pool table in the garage, but she quickly realized she was hearing gunfire.
She called 911. It was about 2 a.m.
The men, who had scrambled to duck bullets, were able to give police a limited description of the suspect. He left behind a hat in the front yard as he was fleeing that police took into evidence, Hart said.
Spatters of blood remained on the concrete floor, on chairs overturned in the commotion and on a brown, vinyl tablecloth spread over the pool table.
Blood was smeared on a wall near a door leading into the house from the garage and on the dryer in the back of the garage.
Bullets riddled the garage walls, and some pierced another door at the back of the garage that leads to the backyard. Bullets shattered glass in a screen door on the other side.
Hammonds, of Macon, and his friends were visiting the home that’s rented by Hart’s parents. Her family has lived there for not quite two weeks and did not know why anyone would open fire on the men in the garage, she said.
An elderly woman rented the home before the family.
Anyone with information is asked to call Warner Robins police detective Brett Rozier at 478-302-5380.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.