Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trial in Drive-By Shooting Begins; Bullets Fired into the House Could Have Killed Kids, a Prosecutor Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trial in Drive-By Shooting Begins; Bullets Fired into the House Could Have Killed Kids, a Prosecutor Says

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

WOODBINE - Had two children been sleeping where they should have been Valentine's Day, they could have been hit by bullets fired into a house in a drive-by shooting, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday in the trial of an 18-year-old Marine charged with firing the shots.

As Pfc. Elijah Hucks sat impassively in the opening minutes of his trial, Assistant District Attorney Jackie Johnson gave details of the shooting in her opening statement.

Johnson described how one bullet struck a home entertainment center and another struck the headboard of a bed where the children slept.

"What saved their lives was they were sleeping at the foot of the bed," Johnson told jurors.

No one was injured in the early morning attack at the home in the 800 block of Kinlaw Road.

Hucks, stationed at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, is charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts of influencing witnesses, one count of criminal damage in the second degree and one count of making false statements and writings to conceal facts. …

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