HERNDON Va. - A family's home in Herndon is hit by gunfire for the second time in just a few days.
Fairfax County Police said it's unknown if the residents are being targeted or if this is random. According to a resident, a family and two additional male renters live in the home.
On Tuesday night, someone fired into a second story window of the house in the 2100 block of Monaghan Drive, barely missing a little girl. The bullet lodged into her mattress as she was lying on her bed.
First I thought it was, like, fireworks," the 7-year-old told FOX 5. "I was really, really scared."
Then late Friday, someone fired another round into the house. It went through the wall, into the kitchen and ricocheted off a wall. More evidence of gunfire was found outside on the lower level of the home.
Fairfax County Police said as they were investigating at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, they heard more gunshots nearby.
Neighbor Yusuf Karyie said he came out to see what was going on.
"They asked me, 'Go back inside home, and make sure all your children, if you have them, move away from windows, go to opposite rooms,'" Karyie said.
He said with five children, he doesn't feel safe in his house anymore.
"Even today I'm still thinking about it," he said Sunday. "This tells you the individuals who are doing this have no regard for human life whatsoever."
Police said they are increasing their presence in the area. FOX 5 saw one patrol car out Sunday evening.
"I am very grateful for them," Karyie said. "They risked their lives. They were out here to protect the community while people were firing guns. They were out here, and I am very grateful for them."
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES(274637), or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.