Police: Home invasion suspect held woman at gunpoint, shot at her son

Police: Home invasion suspect held woman at gunpoint, shot at her son
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A man who opened fire at a Huntsville apartment complex during a home invasion is now facing multiple charges.

It all started when a Huntsville woman opened the door of her apartment and saw a stranger standing there, he asked if her teenage son was home, but the teen wasn't there.

Enraged, police say the man forced his way in, pushed the woman down, and held a gun to her.

It happened July 6 at the Cherokee Bend Apartments on Newson Road, off of Drake Avenue. And on July 29, police arrested the suspect in the case, identified as 27-year-old Cedric Petty.

"The victim in this case says the offender came into her home looking for someone. That person was not there. there was a physical confrontation when he went into the home looking for this individual," said Lt. Michael Johnson, public information officer for the Huntsville Police Department.

Huntsville police officials say the suspect eventually let the woman go but as he was leaving, he spotted her son walking up and started shooting at the teen.

"Who he was looking for was not there and as he walked out, he saw the individual and for various reasons that are still a little inconclusive, started firing shots at this individual when they were walking towards the front door of this apartment," Lt. Johnson explained.

No one was hit but lots of gun shots were fired, which was extremely dangerous for residents in the complex.

"Several of the rounds went through parked vehicles in the parking lot. This offender is charged with some of the most serious felonies, aside from murder, that you can be charged with," Johnson added.

Cedric Petty's charges in criminal trespassing, burglary, theft of property, discharging a firearm, and attempted murder. He was booked in the Madison County Jail on Sunday night, several weeks after the incident. His bond set at more than $150,000.

"Investigators put in a lot of work behind identifying this offender, locating this offender, and working with the District Attorney Office on what criminal charges to charge him with," Lt. Johnson said.

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