Sheriff’s Office seeks gunman in Fleetwood drive-by shooting

Dylan Lightfoot Staff Writer

September 5, 2013

The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the drive-by shooter who fired two rounds from a high-powered rifle into a Fleetwood home early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 5:45 a.m. Sept. 3, a pickup truck pulled up in front of 1038 Water Tank Road, according to an ACSO incident report.

Two shots were fired from a .223 or similar caliber rifle, penetrating the front of the house, three interior walls, a bathroom ceiling and the refrigerator, before the shooter drove off, according to the report.

Resident Dana Miller was awake when the two bullets came ripping through her home, she said, but two other adult family members in the house were asleep.

“I don’t know how they got through the house the way they did. They just went every which way,” Miller said.

Miller was getting out of bed and about to walk into the kitchen for a glass of milk when one of the bullets hit the refrigerator door, she said.

“If I’d got up a minute sooner, it would have blown my head off,” she said.

One of Miller’s grandsons awoke to discover a bullet had passed approximately one foot above his head as he slept, she said.

Miller has been unable to sleep at night since the incident. “The neighbors watch so I can get a nap,” she said.

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said the truck was described as “possibly a Dodge pickup,” with quiet or unmodified mufflers. There were no eyewitnesses to give a description of the gunman, he said.

Williams said there are no suspects in the shooting at this time.

“I just hope they get him so I can go on living my life,” Miller said.