WASHINGTON - A D.C. mother is counting her blessings after a stray bullet struck her house while she and her kids were inside.
The scary ordeal happened on Eastern Avenue at the D.C.-Maryland border at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The hole on the window where the bullet came through still remains one day later. The bullet traveled through the living room and hit a bookcase inside.
Maketta Batts, a single mother of five children, said the bullet grazed her on the right side of her face.
“I was standing here in my living room taking out my daughter’s hair and we heard firecrackers, and I figured that it wasn't the police because they were sitting over here in the Jerry's [Carryout] parking lot,” Batts recalled. “The next thing I know, I heard a big boom and I grabbed my face because my face was burning. I fell to the ground and grabbed my daughter. When I realized my other daughter was still upstairs, I had tried to go up there. But my friend told me to stay here with my daughter and she went upstairs to check on them.”
Police said the gunfire came from someone firing at a vehicle outside in the neighborhood. In addition to the bullet found inside Batts’ house, police also recovered five shell casings outside.
Batts said one of her daughters was scared to fall asleep after the stray bullet entered their home and she is now scared to go nearby the window.
“If I would have never moved from right there, my kids would have saw me get killed,” said Batts.
There have been no arrests made so far in connection to this incident.