Possible Celebratory Gunfire Hits Snellville Home

- A Snellville family is grateful no one was hurt after a bullet pierces through their home just after midnight on New Years. 

Adrian Hayes was in the living room with his three-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son when he heard a noise. 

"We heard a sound almost like glass breaking and was not sure what it was," said Adrian.  His wife was upstairs and also heard the same noise. 

"I heard lots of fireworks, so I came to the window just to see if I could see," said Cindy Hayes.   "Saw nothing, so I closed the blinds and I heard a noise and I thought it was glass breaking, but I thought the blinds had knocked something over."

About an hour later Adrian said he walked into their bathroom and found a bullet laying in his shower.  "I opened my shower and stepped in and immediately saw the fragments of tile there," said Adrian.  "The bullet hole entered right at the base of my shower."

The Hayes family believes it was celebratory gunfire. "They could have killed my kids," said Cindy.  

In the eight years Adrian has been living in his Snellville home, he tells FOX 5's Nathalie Pozo that he hears gunfire on New Years Eve, every year.  "It has always been a fear of ours that a bullet may come through the house and sure enough it happened this year," said Adrian.

Gwinnett County Police said people who participate in celebratory gunfire could be charged with several different charges including, reckless conduct, criminal damage to property or discharging a firearm near a public roadway. 

The Hayes family hopes to raise awareness.  "I have small children and I am sure my neighbors value their families lives and when you are reckless like that, you can take someone's life, take someone's loved one away from them," said Adrian.   "Sure, they need to be prosecuted."

Gwinnett County Police said the criminal investigations division will handle the case and at this time,  they do not have any suspects. 
 

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