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Shots Fired Into Home as Grandmother Holds Infant

By Deneisha Pearson
By dpearson@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A woman in Jackson is living in fear after police say shots were fired at her house as she held her one-month-old grandchild.

Michelle Sterling, 38, says the only thing that stopped bullets from killing her family was her living room couch.

"Me and my boyfriend were sitting in there talking, and then all of a sudden I hear something like some fireworks," Sterling said.

Jackson police say around 11:30 Saturday night three bullet holes were left at the house on Roosevelt Parkway. Sterling and one-month-old Jerriah Sterling were inside when the shooting happened.

"A couple inches away it would've hit my grandbaby, and I was holding my grandbaby in my arms, you know," Sterling said.

Sterling says the bullets shot through the living room, the side of the house, and her front yard. She tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News not only were shots fired at her house, but some of the shots also hit their mailbox.

"The bullet holes that went through my mailbox could've been in my son or my grand baby and I don't think it's right, it's nothing that serious," Sterling said.

Now Sterling says she's pleading for the shooters to come forward.

"Parents start knowing where your children are at, search their rooms, know who they're hanging with, know what is going on because some things could be going on right in your home and you don't even know it," Sterling said.

The family said they are thankful to be alive.

"Nobody would been able to give my daughter her child back. My daughter has no dad, her dad is dead, her grandma is dead and then if somebody could've killed her baby last night. It's not right," Sterling said.

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest contact the Jackson Police Department.