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Bullet fired into Chesterfield home shatters oven

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 08:22:38-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- It was 2:30 in the afternoon Saturday when neighbors thought they heard kids setting off some after-New-Year’s fireworks.

A man and his nine-year-old son were playing in their front yard, but as the pops grew louder, they ducked, then ran inside for cover.

"I was thinking maybe fireworks, and then my wife came to the house and she found the bullet hole,” said Johnson Ruiz.

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Off Lockberry Ridge Drive in Chesterfield County, two different homes were struck by bullets coming through a wall and door.

"Thank God nobody was hurt!" said Ruiz.

One bullet came through a living room wall of Ruiz’s home, singed the ceiling, then ricocheted twice off a dining room wall before the slug hit the floor.

Around the corner, another bullet traveled through the door frame of a house, and penetrated the door, before grazing a wall and shattering the homeowner's oven.

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Crime Insider sources said it was collateral damage from a nearby gunfight.

Detectives spoke to a teenager who claimed two unknown men shot at a car he was riding in with at least three others, those sources shared.

Ruiz is thankful no one was hurt.

"Go and look for cover, that's what I tell my son, so he knows what to do,” said Ruiz. “Especially his mom, too. She's a little more tactical with these types of things."

Tactical because she's a police service aide for Chesterfield County.

Crime Insider sources said there was no indication the home was targeted.