An Oklahoma man drunkenly celebrated the purchase of a new gun by shooting off dozens of rounds, police say -- and one of those bullets may have struck a baby's crib a half mile away.
Andrea Johnson heard a loud noise outside her Moore home about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, but she was unable to determine its cause until the following day after going into her baby son's bedroom, reported KFOR-TV.
“I saw this piece of wood that was kind of messed up in the bar of his crib," Johnson said. "I thought it was kind of funny. Well, he is teething, maybe he had chewed on it, maybe he ninja-kicked it in his sleep -- he kicks a lot."
Johnson, whose husband was away at the time serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, tried to find the rest of the wood chips so her 18-month-old son, Axel, couldn't put them in his mouth.
“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 said.
Police said the bullet pierced an outside wall, the living room ceiling, a second interior wall and finally was stopped by the crib bar.
“Words cant explain the feelings that went through me, and are still going through me," Johnson said.
Investigators told the mother a man who lives about a half mile away fired off nearly 30 rounds from a newly purchased gun while drunk, and they suspect he fired the bullet that struck her baby's crib.
“I understand we are very lucky and it could be a lot worse, but it doesn’t make it right," Johnson said. "I don’t know that I can ever put him back in his room because I have these memories now."
"My husband has been to war three different times," she added. "He’s been shot at, but nothing as close as to my son. A 1-year-old almost got shot by a bullet."