Woman, granddaughter unharmed after shooting

Staff Writer

A 68-year-old grandmother and her teenage granddaughter are “blessed” after someone fired several shots Tuesday night into the rear of her home on Hillside Park, police said.

The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. as the woman and the girl were “lying down watching television,” West Point Police Det. Ramirez Ivy said. The shooter fired “several” shots, some of which came into the house through windows and the rear door, which opened near the kitchen area.

“She is blessed, they are blessed,” Ivy said.

Officers found seven shell casings, apparently from a handgun, but Ivy declined to reveal the caliber of the weapon.

Hillside Park is a deadend street with only about a dozen houses built close together. It runs off Windale Road not far from Highway 45 Alternate.

The houses all have wooded areas to the rear and small back yards. The shooter would have had to have walked through a side yard or through the woods to get to the rear of the home.

Police searched the area Tuesday night and Ivy again walked the short street Wednesday looking for clues.

“We aren’t sure why this house, nothing we’ve found so far would make them a target. It may have been a mistake or something else. But we do think it is just an isolated act,” said Ivy, who noted officers didn’t find any tracks or foot prints that might be helpful.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Ivy at 662-295-6004, the West Point Police Department at 662-494-1244 or Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151. Information leading to an arrest can lead to a reward of up to $1,000. Information remains confidential.

“We feel like someone in the neighborhood had to have seen or heard something. It’s just a short street and all the houses are right there together,” the detective added.