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Rowlett Police Investigating Stray Bullets

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Rowlett police were called to two North Texas homes Monday night after owners complained their homes were hit by bullets. It is not the first time something like this has happened in the Rowlett neighborhood.

The calls came in just minutes apart about bullets ripping through walls and ceilings.

"That is where it came in," David Bowman said pointing to the ceiling of his son's bedroom. "Best as I can tell it hit here on the carpet and then the door frame."

David and Janine Bowman found a bullet in their son's closet. It appeared to be a rifle bullet, more than an inch long.

"I was just freaking out," said Janine Bowman. "Kids play here."

The Bowman's were downstairs eating dinner when they heard something loud. They didn't see anything until later. David noticed the ceiling. The Bowman's called 911 and were surprised to learn they were the second call.

"They came to us from the first call," said David Bowman. "They showed us the bullet from the first one and it was the same, exact bullet from what we found."

It is not the first time people in this neighborhood have complained about stray bullets.

In June 2010, Mike Domin was hit by a stray bullet while working in his back yard.

"Just felt a wap in my back," Mike Domin said.

He was rushed to the hospital and spent six days in intensive care.

Domin believes the bullet that hit him came from the Garland Public Shooting Range. He is suing the range and owner James Day. Day has denied liability. He claims a bullet cannot travel that far.

The Garland range sits on 26 acres off Pleasant Valley Road. From a satellite map, it is almost a straight line between the firing line and Domin's yard. It is about 1 to 1.2 miles. The Bowman's house is two blocks away and the other home hit last night is just two houses away from Domin's on the same street.

FOX 4 went back to the range on Tuesday looking for the owner. He was out of town.

"It did not come from our place. I talked to my range safety officer and only two people were shooting .22 rifles on the range last night. They don't go that far, they won't go that far," he told FOX 4 by phone.

A Rowlett police investigator determined that the round that struck Domin originated from a weapon fired from the range, but no criminal charges were ever filed because they couldn't determine who fired the shot.

Now Rowlett police are investigating these latest two incidents as a "serious threat to the safety of our citizens."

Rowlett won't comment as to whether it is investigating the range this time.

The Bowman's believe the bullet came from the range. They are just grateful no one was in the bedroom when the bullet ripped through the ceiling.

"They are not going to be allowed in here until the range is closed," said Janine Bowman. "I am concerned. The idea of something like that happening scares the heck out of me. It is a mother's worst nightmare."

City officials cannot regulate gun ranges because of a new law that just took effect in September. It strips a local governments control over a range.

Domin's case is set for trial in April.
 

 

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