Tyrone Vanderhall, 53, has lived on East Strong street since 199 7. But for the second time in a little more than 24 hours, his home has been the target of a shooting.
“I don’t understand what’s going on. You know, when someone wakes you up at 12 or 1 o’clock with gunfire, it’s not a good feeling,” said Vanderhall.
Authorities said the first shots rang out around midnight on Tuesday from car passing by the home.
Vanderhall said two bullets hit his home, one ricocheting off a parked car in his yard and striking near the roof.
The third shot lodged into the car.
Wednesday around midnight, another bullet hit the side of the car and two more struck the side of the home.
“They're violating us by coming in here and shooting at us. If they have a problem with us, they should come talk to us. We don’t know what’s going on,” Vanderhall said.
Vanderhall said one of the bullets came dangerously close to hitting his three young grandchildren, who were staying the night.
The Pensacola Police Department said the shootings could be connected to another shooting around 8 p. m. Tuesday night at Sixth Avenue and Desoto street.
A round 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, two teenage boys said they were shot at near the corner of Sixth Avenue and DeSoto Street. A 15-year-old boy said he had his 14-year-old friend were standing at the corner when a four-door maroon car pulled up to them.
The 15-year-old said the driver's side rear passenger showed a handgun out the window and fired a single shot.
The 14-year-old boy said he had recently been staying at the residence from the second shooting on Tuesday. He told police he did not know who was responsible for the shooting.
“The shooters should go in peace and leave us alone. If they have a beef with somebody, it didn’t happen over here I’m sure,” said Vanderhall.
He said he hopes anyone who knows who’s shooting at his home, will turn the suspects in.
“We’re asking for your help. If they can shoot at our house, they can shoot at your house. We need to get these guys off the street,” Vanderhall said.
Authorities are looking for a four-door red or maroon car in relation to the shootings.
The 15-year-old victim shot on Tuesday was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A motive for the shootings remains under investigation.
Anyone having information on the incidents is asked to contact Detective Lisa Cutler at 850-435–1971 or the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435–1900.