SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A Sanford family says they almost lost their lives after shots were fired into their home. Robert Hatfield says he, his wife and baby boy were watching TV on Saturday night, when they got the scare of their lives.
"Came through right here, went all a way across the room," he explained, as his gestured to bullet holes. "Glass started shattering, bullets started coming through our home. One hits the TV, one hits the wall, one came through that picture, shattered glass all over my wife and son and my dogs that were sitting right there. All we could do was drop down to the floor, hide the best we can and call the cops."
While his family escaped injury, Hatfield said his dog, Shane, did not. "When that picture shattered a piece of glass came through and took a chunk off the tip of her tail, now she won't stop chewing on it."
He said they recently moved into the home to have more room, since they're expecting another baby. "Why are they shooting at us? We just moved here."
Now, Hatfield said even his wife won't come back to the house. He said the management company won't let them out of their lease, unless they pay $2,200 -- something he said they can't afford right now. "We started a Go Fund Me account, to try to raise the money to move out of here."
Investigators said surveillance video shows people in two vehicles shooting at each other. As deputies search for the suspects, Hatfield said he is grateful to be alive. "That's a miracle, because literally, I just got back from I-Hop and set my cup down, and that's when the bullet came through the roof. Thirty seconds would have been the difference between me standing here and taking that bullet or me sitting here and having that bullet miss."
A $1,000 reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. To help Hatfield and his family, you can visit their Go Fund Me account page.