Three people authorities say were involved in gang activity are charged in connection with a series of drive-by shooting incidents at area businesses last week in Whitfield County.

No one was hurt, but a mother and her infant daughter were sprayed with glass after a window was shot out at Wash World on Glenwood Avenue, and one of the shootings pierced a window at Rancho Grande Mexican Grill on Shugart Road while approximately 50 people were having lunch.

Tamara Chae Alday, 18, of 3747 Lake Kathy Road, Tunnel Hill, and Andy Lee Rodriguez, 18, of 1812 Susan Drive, Dalton, are charged with one count of violation of the Georgia Gang Act, 10 counts of criminal damage to property, one count of aggravated assault with a gun and three counts of interference with government property, according to jail records. A 16-year-old Hispanic juvenile faces the same charges, said John Parrish, supervisory-agent-in-charge of the Rossville office of the FBI.

Alday and Rodriguez remained in the Whitfield County Jail Friday evening. They face up to 20 years in prison on the charges.

The shootings were not done in retaliation, Parrish said. They appeared to be random.

Parrish declined to give many details because there could be more arrests, he said.

Five businesses were hit by bullets last Wednesday afternoon — some hitting windows, some hitting cars — between 12:30 and 2. Several other businesses reported damage from gunshots to authorities Wednesday morning.

Other businesses that reported shootings are:

• Healthier Choice, at 401 Jones St.

• Holmes Spirits, at 2203 Chattanooga Road

• Propex on Shugart Road

• Terri’s Antique Mall, at 2636 Chattanooga Road

• Dollar General, LaFayette Road

• Favorite Market, LaFayette Road

A Dalton Police Department device that measured drivers’ speed limits was also shot out, prompting the charge of interference with government property.

A police vehicle and a fire truck on Haig Mill Road were also struck by bullets.

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