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Victim reportedly shot at during second Columbus home invasion this week

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

For the second time in less than a week, armed gunmen reportedly invade a Columbus home, frightening residents at gunpoint while searching for valuables inside.

The latest incident happened Wednesday night, March 19, at 8:24 p.m. Keith Johnson Jr., 21, was one of the residents who say they were held at gunpoint on Piedmont Dr.

Johnson said three suspects forced themselves into his house, and threatened his friends and family.

"At first, the men were yelling at us. ‘Where is it at, where is it at?' I told him we didn't know what he was talking about," Johnson recalled. "Then a man cocked the gun, and tried to shoot it."

Johnson has lived on the 1000 block of Piedmont Dr. for about six years with his brother and cousin. They were enjoying their dinner with friends when they say uninvited company arrived.

"We were just having fun until three people ran into the house," Johnson said. "Two men were inside the house pointing their guns at us. One guy stayed outside to be on the lookout."

Johnson was inside his room with a female friend when he heard yelling in the hallway.

"One of my homegirls who was sitting next to me opened my door when she heard people screaming," Johnson explained. "Then a man shoved her out of the way with a gun. He came into my room."

At one point, two suspects held their guns at Johnson. One actually fired a gun at him. Johnson said he could have been hit in the face with a bullet if he didn't move out of the way fast enough.

"He was yelling and pointing the gun at me," Johnson said. "He tries to shoot, but I moved his hands out the way, and the bullet barely passed the right side of my face."

According to the police report, the suspects made threats, and damaged the house with their firearms. Johnson said the suspects took off after they stole a bag that had about $400 in it.

"The men ran into the room, and grabbed the bag with money in it," Johnson said. "They left quickly afterwards. It was my friend's money and he was upset. But my friend was madder at the fact that I could have been shot."

Police are now searching for several suspects from this case who are wanted for burglary and aggravated assault.

Police are also looking into another home invasion that happened Sunday, March 16, where two children and five adults were robbed in their home on Twin Chapel Dr.

Columbus Police do not believe the two incidents are connected, but anyone with information in either case is asked to call Police at 706-653-3400.

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