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Halifax home riddled with holes in drive-by shooting

Posted March 9, 2012 8:44 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2012 9:18 p.m. EST

— A home on Reagan Drive in Halifax County was riddled with bullet holes Thursday night as the result of a drive-by shooting stemming from a fight between teens, according to the sheriff's office.

No one in the family, which includes two young children, was injured, but several shots went into the house. Deputies say at least 12 shots were fired at the house at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

"It's careless that these people would shoot into a house knowing that there are kids there," said Deputy Emerson Carroll.

A short time later, Roanoke Rapids police arrested Eric Smith, 22, of Suffolk, Va., and Aaron Claude, 25, of Franklin, Va., in a car that matched the description from the crime scene. In the trunk, they made a startling discovery – an Uzi 9-millimeter and a SKS assault rifle. 

Carroll said that type of firearm is unusual in Halifax County. "These officers out here are working diligently to get these guns off the street," he said.

Smith and Claude were charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied property and assault by pointing a gun, among other charges. Both were in jail Friday on $50,000 bond.