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‘What’s this, Momma?’ asks Richmond kid who found stray bullet in bedroom

Posted at 11:21 PM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-10 10:16:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A bullet traveled through an outside apartment wall and inside an 11-year-old boy’s bedroom early Thursday -- and a Richmond mother couldn’t be more upset.

"He was scooting back on his bed,” said that mom, who asked WTVR CBS 6 to hide her identity, fearing for her family’s safety.

"He felt something under his hand and asked, 'What's this, Momma?' And it was a bullet," she said.

The woman started looking around her son’s room.

"I realized there's a hole in the wall. Someone shot outside and it came through the wall and landed on the bed," she said.

A piece of sheet rock lay on her son’s dresser, a reminder of an unnerving night. "It’s very upsetting. I can't sleep. I don't want to be here, but I have nowhere else to go."

Police confirm there was a call for service at the Woodland Crossings apartment complex off Walmsley Road Thursday morning.

That distraught mother said she handed the bullet over to a Richmond Police officer. She says she learned something else about where she lives when talking to the officer.

"A couple of people in this complex have bullet holes in their apartments, which I was made aware of," she said.

What scares this woman the most is that, had it been a regular night, her son would've been asleep in his bed. She said she was grateful that he was just returning from grandma's house and missed the actual shot.

"It’s pretty scary to think a random bullet can come in and kill you or your child,” she said. “I just don't feel safe."

Neighbors say they hear random gunfire quite often at the apartment complex, some pointing out this was not the first time that apartment building has been hit by stray bullets.