Video: Macon Family Victims Of Drive By Shooting, Mistakenly
MACON, Miss. (WCBI) — Ruthie Cockrell, her husband Marvin, and two of their grand-children were at their Macon home Wednesday night when out of nowhere, their house was sprayed with bullets.
“All of a sudden, I heard some gun shots. So I hollered and I told my husband to grab the kids, I said it’s somebody shooting. So I hit the floor and I start calling on the name of Jesus,” said Ruthie Cockrell.
More than 30 bullets hit the families two cars and house, shattering glass and leaving a number of bullet holes.
The family wasn’t the target though, Macon police say they were mistaken for someone else.
“The police stated to us that we were a misstarget for someone else. We could have been gone off of a simple mistake,” said Ruthie.
“Because people have similar cars, you can assume okay, that’s them. That’s a cowardly act to come and try to bring harm to a family. You don’t even know who it is,” said her husband, Marvin Cockrell.
The Cockrells say they have lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, and crime like this has ever happened.
“Nothing like this never happened. So to experience something like this, it’s very terrifying,” said Ruthie.
The family says they are grateful the situation wasn’t worse and they want to send a message to the community and the shooters.
“The ones that responsible for this, I would like for justice to be served because it was really uncalled for and you just don’t go around doing unnecessary things and think there’s not consequences behind it,” said Ruthie.
“Form a neighborhood watch, we’re neighbors, we need to look out for each other. If you see strange cars, or strange people riding back and fourth you normally don’t see, call the police. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, let them come check it out and see what’s going on because if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone else,” added Marvin.
Macon police say they have a suspect in custody.
The case remains under investigation.