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    About an hour ago I was helping my girlfriend gather her things and getting ready to escort her out to her car. As she reached over to put her phone in her purse I heard a loud pop, just like a big party balloon popping. I thought that was odd, so I looked around and noticed that their was a thin cloud of something near the front window. And a hole in the glass. And I put two and two together and yelled "Get down!" I pushed the girl down to the ground and dove down after her. I could now see that there was definitely a small, spiderwebbed hole in the window of my apartment. I looked behind me and spotted a much neater black hole in the dry wall behind me. I realized without a doubt that someone had just fired a round into my living room from the street outside.

    I got my girlfriend moving into the back of the apartment and we both lay down on the floor in the bedroom, as far away from the street as you could get. After a few minutes and no further gunshots or noises, I went back to the front room, staying as low as I could, and grabbed my cell. I crawled back into the bedroom, lay down again, and called the police. Then I lay their with my girlfriend until I got a call from an Officer saying he was at the front door. I went down to let him in, and he and a pair of other officers took a look around the apartment, took a few photos, and gave me a case number. They took a look around the parking lot across the street as well before they left, but really there wasn't much else to be done.

    My girlfriend and I waited for about a half hour, then I walked her out to her car and got her on her way home. I decided to stay here because I still need to pack up for a flight out tomorrow, totally unrelated to the fact that someone was shooting in my direction.

    The bullet came in through the front window, missed me and my girlfriend by something like two feet, punched a neat hole through a wall, entered the back of my refrigerator, and put a small dent in the front of the refrigerator door. The hole in the drywall is very neat and just shy of a half inch. I'm thinking some sort of pistol round, given the size of the hole and the fact that the refrigerator stopped the projectile.

    As near as I can tell someone took a potshot from the parking lot across the street. I'm on the first floor, but elevated above street level, and the round came in on a fairly flat trajectory, so I'm assuming that it wasn't someone firing up from the street directly outside.

    At the moment, I'm pretty shaken up. This is the first time in my life anyone has shot at me, and frankly I don't like it. I'm fairly certain that the shooter wasn't actually aiming at me, and that the shot came into the apartment by accident, but I can't shake the fear that someone tried to kill me. And it's honestly terrifying me. I don't know anyone who would want to hurt me, let alone shoot me, but there are some crazy, crazy people out there.

    I wanted to write down what happened, and I wanted to share it with you guys because I figure there are probably a fair number of you who have had a firearm pointed their way at some point, so you might... I dunno, understand. Sympathize. Something like that. I'm going to pop some valium and get back to packing for my trip.

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    Wow.

    Where you near enough to the window that the shooter could see you when he shot? Or do you think it was just a drug deal gone bad or something and the bullet randomly ended up in your apartment?

    I would be shaken, too.
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    • #3
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      Originally posted by CingularDuality View Post
      Wow.

      Where you near enough to the window that the shooter could see you when he shot? Or do you think it was just a drug deal gone bad or something and the bullet randomly ended up in your apartment?
      If I draw a line between the hole in the wall and the hole in the window, the line points out into a parking lot across the street, probably a few hundred feet away. I seriously doubt the shooter was aiming at me, specifically, given that they were fairly far away and I don't know anyone who would want to shoot me. My brother suggested that it may have been a negligent discharge by someone cleaning a gun in a building across the way. *shrug* I really wish I knew more.

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      • #4
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        I've have had knives, guns and screwdrivers pointed at me. I have also ran from shootouts that I wasn't involved in. But I have never had only one shot fired two feet from where I was standing. I would be freaked out too. The round was either meant for you or your GF or it wasn't. If it were me. I would get the round out of the fridge and have it analyzed to find out exactly what kind it is. If it's from a rifle I would be more worried. If it's from a pistol and you think it came from over 20 yards then it was probably a stray bullet. There is very little accuracy from that far away. I'm no gun expert but that's what I would do. I would also seriously think about moving.

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        • #5
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          Wow, glad you're both unhurt.
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          • #6
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            I have had an axe swung at me one night and been around a few bombs going of in Northern Ireland, been places I know people would love to kill me, particularly in uniform, and heard a few shootings but never at me specificially that I am aware off. Take heart in your own reactions and quick thinking, there are many who would freeze. Surely the police have forensic people take the round, and do a proper investigation!? If not then there is something very wrong with the system. I am not niave enough to think they could answer any of your questions but surely that is the procedure!? Hell they don't even know what calibre it was which would answer a number of your questions.

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            • #7
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              The officer in charge called in to his Sergeant and asked about having a crime scene team come down to remove the bullet and have a look at it, but apparently the Sergeant didn't think it was merited. I didn't press the matter. I don't see how they could find much of use from one round. Perhaps if another crime was committed or the weapon was recovered at another time they could match it to the bullet, but I'm afraid that wouldn't do much to keep anyone safe, nor would it be likely to secure additional jail time for the shooter.

              I'm seriously thinking about moving out and getting a pistol and a concealed carry permit. Wouldn't help if something like this happened again, but... I dunno, this kind of brings the gun control debate home in a big way.

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              • #8
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                We can carry PPW's here (personal protection weapons) if we are in the forces but trying to get one is a different matter.... If I lived in the US I would have one fullstop, don't really get the arguemen against, I mean I understand it but best to have it and never use it than not have it and wish you did!

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                • #9
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                  I dunno, this kind of brings the gun control debate home in a big way.
                  Seems like it'd be more effective to make it illegal to randomly shoot at people's homes.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Iamthefallen View Post
                    Seems like it'd be more effective to make it illegal to randomly shoot at people's homes.
                    It already is, look how far that got the OP.....

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by FrankManik View Post
                      I'm seriously thinking about moving out and getting a pistol and a concealed carry permit. Wouldn't help if something like this happened again, but... I dunno, this kind of brings the gun control debate home in a big way.
                      I have a CHL from Texas and I am a lifelong member of the NRA, I always recommend having a Concealed Handgun Licence becuase you really never know when you will need to protect yourself.

                      Found THIS for you. Hope it helps.

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                      • #12
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                        I'm going to a CHL class next month. Because of a backlog in Austin it will take about six months from the time I send in the paper work. I don't know about your state. However they issue emergency permits acording to the website Dredge pointed out, which I would think you have an argument for.

                        Also, you do not need a permit to have firearms at your residence.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Jeepo_SAS View Post
                          Surely the police have forensic people take the round, and do a proper investigation!? If not then there is something very wrong with the system.
                          That would be nice, but I can see why the police department is hesitant to allocate resources from other criminal investigations to potentially only solve a gun cleaning mishap. If there were threats or other indications of malice, that would be different. In other words, this could be just an accident (that had horrible possibilities, to be sure), and not a crime at all.

                          Even knowing this logically, I'd still be rattled if it happened to me. My home is my castle. The place where I feel safe. This thread, combined with the thread about the woman in Oklahoma, makes me feel even better that I've got several guns in my home.

                          And for those that have, or are considering the same, I highly recommend http://www.gunvault.com/ to keep kids and visitors from playing around with things they shouldn't...
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                          • #14
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                            If this was an aimed shot, how would a personal firearm protect you from a would-be sniper? Or should one fear that the assailant would try again up close and personal?
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