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An Oklahoma man reportedly fired off 30 rounds with his brand-new rifle while tooling around in his backyard, and a young family felt the impacts a half-mile away.
According to police reports obtained by KFOR-TV, the unidentified man was reportedly drunk when using his new rifle.
What are the details?
The incident occurred Saturday in Moore, Oklahoma. Andrea Johnson told KFOR that she was at home in the afternoon when she heard a "loud noise."
"About 1:30 p.m., I heard a loud noise. So, I went and looked around the living room, all downstairs, looked out the front door to try to find out what it was, but I couldn’t find anything," Johnson said, noting that her husband Paul was away from the home at the time with the Army Reserves.
Johnson told KFOR that her dogs were barking, but she still couldn't find the source of the noise.
She went upstairs to check for the source, but found only a shard of wood on the floor next to her 18-month-old son's crib.
"I just assumed we had drug it in with our shoes," she explained.
It wasn't until the next morning that Johnson realized what she'd seen on the floor of her son's room the prior afternoon.
She said Sunday morning started off uneventfully, and she and her son both woke up early.
Johnson entered her baby's room where she "saw this piece of wood" that was "kinda messed up in the bar of his crib."
"I thought it was kinda funny, well, he is teething, maybe he had chewed on it, maybe he ninja kicked it in his sleep," Johnson rationalized. "He kicks a lot."
Except the baby hadn't chewed it or kicked it — a stray bullet from the purportedly drunken man's gun had entered her home through an exterior wall, pierced through an area of high ceiling, continued its trajectory through a second interior wall, and only stopped when it hit the bar of the child's crib.
"When I pulled his crib back is when I saw something on the ground, bent down, picked it up and realized it was a bullet and that’s when I just absolutely lost it," Johnson admitted. "Words cant explain the feelings that went through me and are still going through me."
Johnson said that she understands that she and her family were "very lucky and it could be a lot worse," but it doesn't excuse what the rifle-shooting man reportedly did.
"I don’t know that I can ever put him back in his room because I have these memories now," Johnson explained. "My husband has been to war three different times. He’s been shot at, but nothing as close as to my son. A 1-year-old almost got shot by a bullet."
According to KFOR, local police told Johnson about the man firing off his new rifle a half-mile away.
Lt. Kyle Dudley with the Moore Police Department told KFOR, "We do have a person of interest. We have a related incident the previous evening that we are looking into that might be related. There is probably some reckless conduct with a firearm related to this incident."
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