Stray bullet flies through roof, into DeLand home

3 residents uninjured in incident

DeLAND, Fla. – Three residents were unharmed Saturday when a stray bullet flew through the roof and into their DeLand home, police said.

The incident was reported just after midnight on East Villa Capri Circle.

DeLand police said two of the residents were in the living room when they heard a loud sound and saw a bullet on the floor. Their roommate said he was awakened by their screams, according to a police report.

All three residents said they didn't hear any gunfire, only the bullet penetrating the roof, according to police.

"It was just really close," a woman told a 911 dispatcher while fighting back tears.

[LISTEN BELOW: 911 call about stray bullet flying into home]

A DeLand police officer climbed into the attic of the home and spotted where the bullet entered the home.

"What goes up must come down," DeLand police spokesman Chris Graham said.

According to the police report, a shooting was reported around the same time at the intersection of South Florida Avenue and West Lisbon Avenue, but nothing was discovered.

"There was a weapons complaint about a half a mile away near a road, so we suspect that was it but we're not sure," Graham said.
"We want to stress to our residents that if you are a gun owner, you need to be a responsible gun owner and not be shooting your weapon in to the air," he said.


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