HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s a sound that one scared 12-year-old can’t get out of his head. The sound of gunfire.
He’s one of several people who heard at least four gunshots outside of the Laurelwood Park Apartments Monday night.
The bullets flew everywhere. They went into windows, walls and a closet just feet away from the 12-year-old boy and his grandfather.
That family is just one of a half dozen people who called 911 with panic in their voices.
“There was a bunch of people outside when I pulled up,” one caller told High Point police dispatch. “They just started opening fire.”
“I heard little sounds. Like pecks at first. Then I heard boom. It was like boom, boom, boom, boom,” one woman told FOX8. “I got up and ran to the back.”
The sound of gunshots echoed across her apartment complex.
People living near the playground ducked for cover and called police.
“I just walked inside of the house with my kids and my family and they just started shooting. We just had to get on the floor,” said another concerned caller to High Point 911.
But for one woman and her 12-year-old nephew, who didn’t want to show their faces on camera, it was terrifying.
“My chest started hurting. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was just so scared,” the woman said.
“My grandpa can’t move anywhere, so I started running around and locking the door and stuff, making sure we were safe,” her nephew said.
He showed FOX8 his grandfather’s room, where two bullets passed through the outside walls, making their marks in the closet.
“I’d never thought I’d see gun bullets in real life like this,” says the boy.
He now is scared to go outside. His aunt hopes the people responsible think twice about doing this again.
‘These young boys, they need to get it together. The thug life is not the way to go,” she said. “You’ll either end up in two places, either jail or dead.”
Several different units in the complex were damaged during the shooting.
FOX8 has reached out to High Point police to see if they are still searching for any suspects.