College Park neighbors want help after string of drive-by shootings

by: Carl Willis Updated:

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Drive-by shootings have residents in a College Park neighborhood living in constant fear.

A homeowner contacted Channel 2 Action News after the fourth incident of someone shooting into homes.

She didn't want to be identified out of fear for her safety, but told Channel 2's Carl Willis the incidents started back in May.

"This is a neighborhood, right now, that's under siege," she said.

She said she was caught outside during a drive-by.

Now, neighbors in the Madison Place Townhomes are pleading with Fulton County Police and their homeowners association and for help.

"It's been consistent since May," said the homeowner. "It's just waiting for someone's kid to get shot then they'll be satisfied."

Bullet holes in the walls, windows. And even a shotgun blast into the side of a house are not difficult to find.

"(I) don't feel safe sitting by the windows . That's not how you want to live in your own home," said resident Josh Asari.

A Fulton County Police Department spokesperson said they've taken several reports of people discharging weapons.

The most recent incident was July 27, when a bullet traveled through a woman's window and landed in her kitchen sink.

Asari said a bullet through his home as well.

"That bullet went through the window, it hit a little chair in our house, went through our door and went out the house," he said.

Some homeowners said they have seen extra patrols lately, but said they want their homeowners association to be more proactive.

An HOA spokesperson told Willis that contracts and the budget restrict the association from providing security. She insisted this is a matter for the police.

She also said the absence of a community clubhouse or any common buildings prevent them from installing security cameras. She said that's because they would need an energy supply, and a place to store equipment and receive the video feed.

The issue will be up for discussion at the yearly HOA meeting on Aug. 8.

"You can have all the meetings in the world, but if you're not having any effort to stop it, getting police in here, getting the HOA involved it's all pointless," said Asari.

Police said they are well aware of the problem and have their Crime Suppression Team keeping a presence in the neighborhood.