LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Limestone County Sheriff's Office is trying to track down who spray painted a racial slur and smashed several windows with rocks at a home off Bethel Road.
According to Sheriff Mike Blakely, deputies were dispatched to the house between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The homeowner, Terry Turner, said she was sitting in a back bedroom with her granddaughter when she heard a crash at the front of the house.
Turner said she and her granddaughter jumped out of a back window, went to their backyard, and called 911. Deputies discovered three large windows broken by rocks and a racial slur spray painted on the house's garage door.
One of the rocks was lodged into a nearby wall. Turner, who is African American, said she doesn't know why someone would target her. She said she has lived at her Elkmont house for the last eight years with little to no problems, but that changed overnight when vandals threw rocks through her three front windows and spray painted racial slurs in black letters across her garage.
She said she and her granddaughter didn't even know about the spray painted message until deputies arrived on the scene.
"It was a shock to me," said Turner. "I don't know why. I guess because I'm black. But I'm not the only black person that lives out here."
She said she never expected to see the racial slur spray painted on the garage door of her Limestone County house.
"For people to just be hated because of the color of their skin is unacceptable," Tuner said. "This is my home. I'm free to live wherever I want to live."
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said he's treating this crime very seriously and expects an investigator to go back to the crime scene Thursday night to comb through more evidence.
Turner spent New Year's Day cleaning up the broken glass from the incident and installing security cameras around her property.