MOULTRIE — A Moultrie man reported hearing multiple gunshots being fired outside his residence early Tuesday morning. Responding officers found the man’s house had been struck at least 10 times.

Sam Collins, of Eighth Street Southwest, reported the incident to police after the second of two incidents, about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police reports said Collins reported an unknown person fired two gunshots, possibly from a passing vehicle with a loud exhaust system, about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. He reported the same vehicle may have returned at 12:52 a.m. Tuesday and fired an additional six to 12 shots.

Collins told officers he did not get a look at the vehicle, but he did hear a loud exhaust system both times the vehicle passed by his residence. An officer patrolled the area for the unknown vehicle, but he was unable to locate it.

A Moultrie police investigator searched the area around Collins’ residence and found 11 9 mm cartridges, reports said.

Reports said an officer found 10 bullet holes in the exterior of the residence.

Three bullets were found to have gone through windows and were found inside of the residence. One when through a living room window and into the sofa, going into a throw pillow. Another went through a kitchen window and cabinet, two of the bathroom walls and into a bedroom before falling to the floor.

No one inside the residence was injured, and reports said Collins provided officers with the street names of four suspects. Moultrie Police Sgt. Roger Lindsay said investigators had a few leads in the case Wednesday and were following up on those leads.

Moultrie have responded to numerous shots being fired and residents using guns recently, but Lindsay said the occurrence of those incidents has not greatly increased.


• Sharonda Lartez Ponder, 34, of 612 First St. S.W., was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct (family violence) and issuing bad checks.

• Angel Vasquez Mata, 38, of 232 Magnolia Ave., was charged Tuesday with DUI and driving without a license.

• A 15-year-old boy was charged Monday with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and making terroristic threats and acts.

Other Incidents

• Chequita and David Taylor reported Tuesday a female employee accepted a cash deposit from Tabatha Zamora for a rental property at Taylor Properties on Fifth Street Southwest March 13. Company policy is to obtain a money order, not cash, for payments, and the Taylors stated they never received the payment from Zamora after she paid the female employee. The total amount taken was $575 cash.

• Cindy Croft reported an unknown person broke out a rear window at Three R Resources on Third Avenue Southeast between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Damage to the window was approximately $200.

• Terrance Long, of Cool Springs Road, reported an unknown person stole a pit bull puppy from his residence Tuesday. The value of the stolen puppy was $500.

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