Gunfire narrowly misses Lawrence family; investigation ongoing

A woman, her boyfriend, and the couple’s infant daughter narrowly escaped injury in Lawrence early Sunday when a bullet fired into their bedroom passed through the headboard of the bed, caromed off a wall and into the ceiling before falling down behind the infant’s crib.

A second shot was fired into the second bedroom where the woman’s 8-year-old daughter was sleeping. She, too, was unharmed, Lawrence Police Chief John Romero said today.

Romero said the woman used her cellphone to dial 911 around 4 a.m. Sunday. She reported hearing four gunshots. Romero said police recovered one spent bullet and saw evidence of at least one other round striking the second floor bedrooms at the home on Sullivan Avenue.


The woman told police the bullet came through the window and hit the headboard of the bed where the couple was watching television, missing the woman by just inches, Romero said. He said the woman and the man have both told investigators they know of no reason why someone would have shot at the woman’s home.

“It’s obvious someone targeted the house,’’ Romero said in a telephone interview today. “Right now, we don’t know whether they had the right house or not. We have more questions than answers.’’

The investigation is continuing, Romero said.

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