Bullet flies into sleeping family’s home in Thornton

THORNTON, Colo. -- A bullet flew through a Thornton home and pierced the bedroom wall while a young family was sound asleep early Monday morning.

The incident happened about 4 a.m. to a family of four who did not want to be identified and live on Russell Way.

“We heard a pop and shattering, and felt a whole bunch of stuff fall on our faces,” said the wife and mother of two children, 18 months and 8 years old.

A bullet roused them from their sleep after it hit above their bed and sprayed bits of drywall on them.

“I rolled off the side of the bed, pulled the baby down to the floor, made sure he wasn’t hit, then I got up,” Gloria said.

"All of a sudden I heard like three or four ‘boom, boom, boom,’ really fast. I looked out the window, and saw my neighbor running toward our house.

That’s when they found a bullet had shattered a living room window, traveled through a living room wall -- and into their bedroom -- where the wife slept with her husband and baby.

The bullet missed her husband’s head by about a foot.

“It was scary as hell. I’m glad they’re OK. I’m glad the baby is OK. I get emotional because I have grandkids,” Gloria said.

The family also found damage to three cars parked in front of the home.

“Almost three minutes later, we received another call of shots fired,” Thornton police officer Matt Barnes said.

A security guard made a 911 call about shots fired at him at the Renaissance Apartments at 388 E. 88th Ave.

“Officers responding did not find any damage or bullet holes. But they did get a description from the security guard of a white F-250 pickup, four-door, traveling away from the area,” Barnes said.

He said it’s too early to tell if the two shootings are connected.

“(Investigators) said it was random this morning. We wouldn’t know anybody who would want to target us,” the victim said.

The damage will be costly to fix; their insurance deductible is $5,000. But damage to their peace of mind will take a little longer to repair.

“It’s scary because we don’t know who they are or why they shot our house. So it makes us feel like we don’t want to be here tonight. I want to pack up my house and move far away from this area," the woman said.

The family said this is the third time they’ve called police after hearing gunshots. But this is the first time they’ve been directly affected.

They say they’ll have to pay the damage out of pocket.