Melbourne house shot up during drive-by

Person taken into custody

By Lamaur Stancil

Image courtesy Florida Today.

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Most residents in Melbourne this week haven't been able to sleep because of the heat, as they lack power and air-conditioning.

For Janet Camm, it was a heat of a different kind. Early Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, a drive-by gunman riddled her home with bullets, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Camm, 62, and her older sister were not injured in the shooting in the 2000 block of Robinhood Lane. However, the combination of losing power Sunday because of Hurricane Irma and two nights of dodging bullets in the dark have rattled the retiree.

"It's the first time we've ever had anything like this happen here," said Camm, who has lived on Robinhood for 22 years. "We don't bother nobody. We don't do anything."

The first shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Camm said the gunman drove onto her lawn and fired at least a dozen times. He returned about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The bullets pierced two windows in her car, flattened two tires, and broke through some windows in the house. At least one bullet -- somewhere in Camm's clothing closet -- hasn't been found yet, she said. 

Melbourne police Detective Tom Cahalan said officers apprehended a person shortly after the second shooting at Camm's home Wednesday. His or her name has not been released.

"We had officers in the area on patrol for looting," Cahalan said. "We got a report of a speeding car in the area."

Camm and her sister were sleeping Wednesday when the shots were fired. They dove on the floor for protection. She said she never got a look at the gunman or his car. But her longtime neighbors did and called 911.

"They were up and they fired some shots at him," she said.


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