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Man shoots at vehicle with kids inside
Sheriff: 'Bullet missed the children by inches'
W LEE TERRELL AUGUSTINE
Terrell Augustine Lee

A man who fired a shot at a car Thursday barely missed two children in the vehicle, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

Terrell Augustine Lee, 37, of Clito Road, is behind bars after the incident that took place on Clito Road near W.C. Hodges Road.

Around 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Bulloch County sheriff's deputies and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team responded to a call about shots fired in the area, Anderson said.

"Upon arrival deputies made contact with a vehicle occupied by two adults and two children, ages 9 and 6, which had been shot by a party known to the adults (Lee)," he said. "The bullet missed the children by inches."

By the time deputies were dispatched to the scene, Lee had returned to his residence on Clito Road with the firearm, and when deputies arrived, he "refused to exit the home," Anderson said.

Deputies heard additional shots fired from Lee's home as they approached, so they, assisted by Georgia State Patrol troopers and CST members, "blocked traffic to the area and set up a perimeter around the home," Anderson said. However, deputies were able to talk to Lee and, after a period of time, convinced him to surrender peacefully.

He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail while sheriff's investigators secured a search warrant for his home, Anderson said.

Investigators located the weapon they believed was used in the shooting - a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle - along with several other weapons.

Lee is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, discharging a firearm on or near a public highway, reckless conduct and first-degree cruelty to children.

"He was denied bond and remains in the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action," Anderson said.

The occupants of the vehicle were not physically injured. Anderson did not release the victims' names.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.