Shots fired into Effingham Herald office

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A community newspaper is left with a mess inside and outside its office after multiple shots are fired at the storefront over the weekend.

Thankfully, no one was inside at the time, but it has the leadership of the Effingham Herald scratching their heads wondering why someone would do this.

We're learning that it's a fairly small window when this crime took place at the Herald. The paper's editor left around 9 p.m. Saturday and returned Sunday morning around 7:30, and found the mess left behind.

Shattered glass on the ground and at least two distinct bullet holes were obvious tells that the office had been vandalized. Inside the office, the path of one bullet through the room could be traced through a paper cutter, a box holding a stack of paper and into a utility closet housing the office air conditioner, which was also hit.

Knowing the paper's editor sometimes works odd hours, the Herald's General Manager, Kim Dennis, was immediately concerned for his safety when she found out about the crime and relieved when she learned no one was injured.

Still, the lingering question on her mind is why someone would target the community publication.

"We cover good news. We cover sports and local politics, but right now there's nothing crazy going on in Effingham County. Elections are coming up. So, we do a lot with the schools,, I just, we haven't printed anything controversial lately. So, it is kind of odd that someone, that we would have angered someone enough to shoot the building," Dennis said.

The GM says they experienced similar vandalism last year, a single shot going through the front window. This time she says it seems much more deliberate.

Bullet fragments were found inside, we're told they appear to be a rifle caliber, possibly a .223 round.  If you have any information about this crime, contact the Rincon Police Department at 912.826.5200.

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