LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The Lawton Police Department has seen a spike in shootings, but the targets are unusual because they are objects, and not people.
Police believe two shootings that happened on the southwest side are related. On Friday night, police were first called to Southwest 49th Street where neighbors say they heard gunshots. Officers found a Cadillac with its driver's side window broken out and bullet holes behind the rear door.
A call also came in from about a block away on Southwest 'K' Avenue where a neighbor said a bullet hit the back of her house. She said a bullet ricocheted off the back wall of her house where she was sitting just on the other side of the wall.
Another neighbor said at first he thought the bullets were hitting his house; the noise was so close.
"I've heard gunshots at a distance, but none that close. Being that close to my home," he said.
The man who lives in the area says hearing the noise of gunfire so close by it made him fear for his life.
"That's what I was afraid of. That's why I jumped out of my bed. The bullets, I thought they might ricochet and it was going to come through my window. Cause I was in my bed just right there by that window and I could hear something hitting that fence so I jumped up trying to find a safer place in the house," he said.
Lawton Police Detective Nancy Lombardo says the shootings all appear to be property related, but if the suspect is firing randomly in a neighborhood they could accidentally hurt or kill someone.
"Anytime you put guns and fun in the same sentence, it's not a good thing and they are going around doing this as an act of fun there is definitely a possibility of someone always getting injured in the crossfire," Det. Lombardo said.
Detective Lombardo says the shootings don't seem to be happening in any one particular area of town.
"It does not appear to be a targeted area. It appears to be random shootings, and in one instance we had uncooperative people that did not want to even participate in the investigation," Det. Lombardo said.
Detective Lombardo says when you have this type of crime, it happens quickly, often times making it difficult to find the perpetrator.
"By the time you're inside your house and you hear what you believe to be a bullet sound and you walk outside the car or whatever it's already out of the area," Det. Lombardo said.
Detective Lombardo says any information is helpful. She says to call 911 even if you see a vehicle speeding out of the area try to give a brief description and tell police which direction it went.
Another shooting happened near Northwest 48th Street and Lindy Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers found bullet holes in a vehicle and a mailbox, along with five .40 caliber bullet casings nearby. However, at this point, police believe this shooting is unrelated to those on the southwest side.