Bessemer man says Confederate flag made him a target

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT)– A Bessemer man says his home is under fire.  He says a drive-by shooting left his house riddled with bullet holes, putting his family in danger. He believes the Confederate battle flag he flies on his porch could be the reason behind the shooting.

Alek Seundryk says he woke up to the sound of gunshots just after midnight Sunday. “I heard three gunshot pops. Three pops. Very loud,” he said.

Kayla Buckner, his neighbor, says she saw what happened. She was standing outside, near the home on Avenue J in Bessemer. She says she saw a car approach the house, then slow down. “They stopped and conversated. He said naw man, eff that, and shot into their house,” Buckner said.

Seundryk says two bullets pierced the siding of the house and lodged into furniture inside. He, his wife, and two children were at home at the time, but were not hurt.

He believes the Confederate flag may have been the reason for the shooting, saying the shooters yelled an expletive about the flag before firing the shots into the home. “That flag has not been there very long. He’s the only one here with one on this side of the hill,” said Buckner.

Seundryk says his family is staying at a hotel for now. He hopes the Bessemer Police Department will increase patrols in that area.

We reached out to police for comment, but they did not return our calls.

Copyright 2015 WIAT42 News

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