Shots fired at home where 6-year-old child was present, two charged in Landis

Shots fired at home where 6-year-old child was present, two charged in Landis

LANDIS, NC (WBTV) - Early morning gunshots led to felony arrests on N. Meriah St. in Landis, according to Landis investigators.

Shortly before 8 am Thursday morning, officers were called to the 100 block of N. Meriah St after several gunshots were heard in the area.

Investigators discovered that shots originated behind the residence at 108 N Meriah St.

Officers made contact with Diana Hammerman, 22, and Kieren Whitley, 22, at that location. Both Hammerman & Whitley denied any knowledge of the gunfire, and were uncooperative with investigators, according to investigators.

Detective Safrit obtained a search warrant for the home; officers found two handguns & drug paraphernalia inside.

According to witnesses, Whitley fired several rounds from a .40 caliber handgun towards the house, through the back of a storage shed directly behind the residence. Investigators examined the building and found several of the rounds had passed completely through the walls of the shed.

Witness accounts revealed that Hammerman and her six-year-old son were inside the home as Whitley fired towards the house from outside.

Additionally, a neighbor reported discovering several bullet holes in the side of her own home.

A records check revealed Whitley had prior felony burglary convictions in South Carolina.

Whitley was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, child abuse, resisting a public officer, and discharging a firearm within town limits.

Hammerman faces similar charges, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

Social services was notified, and the child was placed with a family member.

Both Whitley & Hammerman were ordered held in the Rowan County jail under $25,000 secured bonds.

This case was a true team effort, with "outstanding work by Detective Safrit, Sergeant Young, Officer Linn, and Officer Isenhour," according to Captain Roger Hosey of the Landis Police Department.

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