ANNA — Highway 5 is the main road through the city of Anna.

It's very heavily used, especially by large trucks for construction projects. But on Tuesday, it was the focus of heavy patrols as the Anna Police Department searched for a shooter targeting drivers.

“It's very sad and scary at the same time,” said Lt. Jeff Caponera, with Anna police.

Lt. Jeff Caponera, with Anna Police Department
Lt. Jeff Caponera, with Anna Police Department

Doug Page, of Anna, was on Highway 5 Monday at about noon when he says he heard a loud crack. He was with a good friend heading to lunch.

“My buddy who was with me was like, 'Wow, what was that?’ I said, 'I dont know; that was loud,'" he said.

Page found a small pea-sized divot just above the handle of the driver’s side door. It didn't look like much but was actually part of a very large and scary issue on Highway 5.

“I’m lucky," Page said. "I’m thankful that I’m lucky."

Damage on car after shot at on Anna highway.
Damage on car after shot at on Anna highway.

Police are patrolling the area because drivers say someone is shooting at vehicles. Caponera told News 8 in one occurrence it happened on southbound Highway 5 around Road 423. Police say it's someone likely with a high-powered pellet gun. Police believe the shooter is likely hiding in the tree line.

“It's a serious game of life and death is what it is,” Caponera said.

Police say there are three victims so far with pictures to prove it. And late Tuesday, News 8 learned there may be a fourth victim.

At least four people have reported their vehicles were shot at on Highway 5 in Anna.
At least four people have reported their vehicles were shot at on Highway 5 in Anna.

Thankfully nobody has been hurt physically by the shooting besides maybe a bruised sense of security after some close-calls. For one victim, the pellet went through the window and seatbelt and then pierced the backseat.

“It scared them," Caponera said. "They weren't sure what had hit them."

Authorities are asking for help hoping someone has seen something. When it's the main road, it's the main issue in town.