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Gunfire in Warner Robins neighborhood was 'almost cannon-like,' woman says

‘It wasn’t a pistol,’ says neighbor trapped in shooting scene

Warner Robins police are investigating after shots were fired on Diggs Boulevard early Thursday, April 19, 2018. A neighbor reports hearing six loud, cannon-like booms.
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Warner Robins police are investigating after shots were fired on Diggs Boulevard early Thursday, April 19, 2018. A neighbor reports hearing six loud, cannon-like booms.

Police search lights woke the birds that were chirping way before dawn Thursday after a shooting on Diggs Boulevard in Warner Robins.

Shemica Sea, whose car was blocked in by the crime scene on her street, said six neighboring houses awoke to gunshots just before 1 a.m.

"I can tell you from the sound it wasn't a pistol. It had to be every bit of a shotgun. It was a boom, almost cannon-like," said Sea after calling a friend to pick her up and take her to work.

"All of us stayed still and waited for it to clear," she said. "We didn't hear no car or nothing."

Other neighbors were worried about where the children would catch the school bus as crime scene tape roped off part of the neighborhood off North Davis Drive.

One young girl had to walk to the corner for a ride to school.

Warner Robins police say two people are in custody, but no one was hurt as bullets hit a house where white evidence tape marked the points of impact at 203 Diggs Blvd.

A large hole in the corner of the house was visible about 2 feet up from the brick base.

Evidence markers were on the ground next to the driveway at 201 Diggs Blvd., and a crime scene technician combed the street with a metal detector for ballistics evidence.

"The suspects and the victim knew each other," Warner Robins police said in a news release late Thursday. "We believe they were targeted."

Tristen Ezell, 17, and Quandre Elliott, 26, both of Fort Valley and known to police, were taken into custody without incident, according to a news release.

Both men are charged with aggravated assault, possession of a gun in the commission of a crime and terroristic threats. More charges are possible, police said.

Although Sea was frustrated officers would not let her move her car to go to work, she praised their response.

"My neighbor called the police. They responded pretty quickly. They got here within about eight to 10 minutes, which is a plus," Sea said.

She started walking up the street to meet her friend and get to her job.

"My house is in the middle of a crime scene. That's very interesting. If I'm late to my job, y'all document this."

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