Family in fear after drive-by shooting at Altamonte Springs home

- An Altamonte Springs home was riddled with bullets overnight. Police haven’t said if the family was targeted or if this was a random attack. The shooting happened 11pm Sunday in the 800 block of Keystone Avenue. No one was hurt but neighbors fear the gunman will come back.

"It was a consistent, bang, bang, bang,” said a neighbor Jazzy Martinez who lives just a few houses down where the shooting happened.

Neighbors frantically called 911 when they heard more than a dozen gunshots. The family who lives at the house with bullet holes were too scared to show their faces but told us police officers found at least 25 shell casings in their front yard. "After we didn't hear anymore bullets we jumped to the floor and started looking for our kids,” said the mother. "I'm grateful that we're ok, mainly, I'm thanking God."

Inside the home the family said they had 4 children: a 20 year old daughter, a 15 year old daughter, their 11 year old son, and a 3 year old grandson. Two bullets went right into their 15 year old daughter’s bedroom and actually hit the headboard. Her mother said luckily she was in the kitchen cleaning her sneakers at the time of the shooting.

The mother said her 11 year old son was terrified as the gunfire erupted. “I kept telling him to throw himself on the floor but he was just frozen, he didn't know what to do,” the mother said. "My daughter was screaming, we were all screaming trying to get to each other. I took my son put him in the closet, took my other daughter put her in the closet.”

The family car had several bullets too. The mother is afraid the gunman will come back and says even though it's the holidays they're not taking any chances. "I just want to get out of here, that's my main thing right now,” she said. “How do you come back to your home and be able to sleep in peace? I won’t be able to. I think the person has to be heartless."

 

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