Police were called out to two North Texas homes last week, where the owners claim their homes were hit by gunfire. It is the same neighborhood where a man was wounded, he claims, by a stray bullet fired from a near by gun range.
Monday night, homeowners met with city leaders and got a pleasant surprise. The city of Rowlett is pulling out the big legal guns and taking aim at the Garland Public Shooting Range.
About 50 homeowners showed up wanting answers and the city was ready. Leaders announced the city has filed for a temporary injunction which could shut down the range.
"It is disturbing that there is a gun range within a mile and these incidences keep happening," said City Manager Lynda Humble. "The two reported last week were not bullets found in yards, so that is pretty serious."
Last week, the Bowman's house was hit by a stray bullet. It ended up going through their child's bedroom. Another bullet penetrated an exterior wall and lodged itself into a dining room wall at the Ngo's house.
It was a frightening evening for fourth grader Lilly Ngo, who translated for her mother.
"It sounded like a huge break in the wall," she said.
In the summer of 2010, homeowner Mike Domin was hit by a stray bullet while working in his backyard. He spent six days in intensive care. He is suing the gun range, claiming that is where the bullet came from. The range owner is denying liability.
Police investigators say Domin's case is no longer an isolated incident, which triggered the city's rapid fire response.
Since the city cannot sue the range because of the new state law, Janine and David Bowman have agreed to be plaintiffs in a homeowner's lawsuit which will be financed by the city of Rowlett.
"I am thrilled things are moving this quickly," said Janine Bowman. "When we first started with this, we were thinking we would probably run into a wall. There is a lot going on and we are happy to see that. We'd like to put in a new swing set in the backyard and we have put that on hold."
Range owner James Day says the bullets are not coming from his range. He does not believe they can travel that far. The neighborhood is about a mile from the range.
Police are still investigating the latest incidents and have not determined if the bullets have come from the range.
Day was served on Friday. A hearing is set for Feb. 7.
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