Shots-fired calls frustrate neighbors

Black marker circles a bullet hole at 1701 Bold Ruler Drive Sunday afternoon. Residents say the house has become a magnet for trouble.

Chris Lloyd was wide awake when he heard gunshots a little before 3 a.m. Sunday.

â??It sounded like about 5 or 6 shots,â?? he said. â??I looked out the window to see if I saw anybody running by or driving off. I didnâ??t see anything.â??

Lloyd lives just yards away from a house police and neighbors say has been the target of two shots-fired incidents in 10 days. Bullet holes pockmark the side of 1701 Bold Ruler Drive, clearly circled by black marker. Columbia police say at least six rounds hit the house in Sunday morningâ??s incident. Nobody was hurt, but neighbors say the problem is growing tiresome. Sylvia Sutton, who lives two doors down from the house, said a bullet went through her garage in another shots-fired incident on March 13. Sutton told KRCG 13 she tells her high school and college-age children to avoid going past the house when they go out for the evening.

â??Itâ??s unsettling, very unsettling,â?? she said.

Katelyn Borella and a roommate rent a house down the street. She said her dogs started barking wildly after the shots rang out on Sunday morning. Borella said she moved to the neighborhood because she thought it was safe. Sheâ??s disappointed this has not turned out to be the case.

â??Itâ??s kind of crazy that itâ??s the same house two times in less than a month,â?? she said.

Borella said she sees people going in and out of the house all the time, though she does not know much about the people living there. She said the incidents have her thinking more carefully about her security. She said she is debating whether to buy a gun for protection, something she said she would not have even considered earlier.

Most other neighbors, including Lloyd and Sutton, say they will take a wait-and-see approach for now. Lloyd said he is an observant person by nature, so he will take note of anything that seems out of place.

Police did not have any information on suspects as of Sunday night.