A man who lives along the east side of North Pontiac Drive in Janesville said he was asleep late Saturday, but awoke to gunfire that sent a single bullet punching through his garage’s walls.
The bullet then pierced the wall of a guest bedroom in his split-level ranch home, shot through a TV, and cut through another two walls in the house before it lodged in an electrical plate in the bathroom wall.
It was one of at least four bullets that struck and flew through two neighboring homes on the 2000 block of North Pontiac Drive late Saturday night.
Janesville police suspect the bullets came from a gun fired from along North Pontiac Drive, probably from a vehicle. Officers late Saturday night and early Sunday sealed off a block of North Pontiac between Huron Drive and Randolph Road with crime scene tape as they tried checked to see how many homes might have been hit and canvassed leaf-strewn streets and yards for any items tied to the shooting.
On Sunday morning, two men who live in the neighboring homes hit by bullets smoked cigarettes as they showed each other and a Gazette reporter holes where bullets had pierced their siding, windows and walls on the sides of their homes, which both face North Pontiac Drive.
Neither of the men was hurt, but both remained shaken up. Both men declined to give a Gazette reporter their name because they were still leery about their safety in the wake of the shooting.
“I’d like to stay under the radar,” the man who found a bullet lodged in his bathroom wall said.
“But obviously, it’s hard to stay under the radar when your house is taking bullets.”
Both men said they have no idea why somebody would shoot into their homes, and as of Sunday evening, police still hadn’t named any suspects.
The bullet missed the man by “about five feet,” he said, and it narrowly missed hitting a Brett Favre rookie card hanging on a plaque on the wall.
Janesville police Sgt. James Holford said police late Saturday found at least two bullet holes in a house the east side of the 2000 block of North Pontiac Drive. A camper parked next to the house had at least one bullet hole.
On Sunday morning, the police in a crime alert confirmed another house next door was hit in the shooting.
Multiple neighbors reported they had heard several gunshots near the intersection of North Pontiac Drive and Randolph Road at about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, Holford said.
Holford said nobody appeared to have been injured.
It’s not clear if police investigators recovered any bullets, bullet casings or other evidence overnight, but the man who said he’s got a bullet stuck in his wall said he’d told police they could come take the bullet.
Holford said Saturday there were early indications someone fired a gun from a vehicle in the street. That’s based on the fact the bullets hit multiple houses and a camper.
“Kind of the way the scene sets up, that would be my suspicion,” he said. “That, and the fact that multiple people looked outside and didn’t see anything. I don’t really know how else someone would get out of here that quickly.”
Holford said it might be a few days before police investigating the shooting are in a position to give more details. On Saturday, he said police had no guesses of a possible motive for the shooting.
“It’s up in the air if they were targeted, or there were multiple houses shot at, or if somebody shot at the wrong house thinking it was somebody else’s,” Holford said.
People with information about the shooting are encouraged to contact the Janesville Police Department at 608-755-3100. People also can call Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636, or they can download the free “P3 tips” app at the Apple store or Google Play store to give police an anonymous crime tip.