published Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Five Dalton businesses hit by bullets

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Bullets have been fired into five Dalton businesses over the past week, police say.

The incidents occurred in the middle of the night when the businesses were empty and are being investigated as acts of vandalism, Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said.

On Monday, workers at a carpet business at 414 North Park Drive realized that ceiling damage they had thought was caused by a stray mouse, was due to bullets shot at the building, Frazier said. Two other bulletholes were found in a concrete wall and a metal roll-up door, he said.

On Wednesday, officers responded to an alarm at the Cardiology Center at 1411 Chattanooga Ave. to find that a window had been broken by a bullet. In the road in front of the business, officers found a .45-caliber shell casing, Frazier said.

The signs at three other businesses along Chattanooga Road — Healthcom Federal Credit Union, Center for Spine and Pain Medicine and Dalton Ear Nose and Throat — were also hit by bullets, Frazier said.

Anyone with information on these incidents or the identity of the person or people responsible to is asked to call Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085, ext. 165.

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