Stray bullet enters family's play room

Published On: Feb 16 2014 11:57:47 AM CST
Bullet enter's family's play room

The Santees woke up to a surprise Saturday morning.

A bullet had pierced through their daughter's play room and lodged itself into the wall at their home in the 3200 block of S. Everett.

"That hole in the wall right there," said Mike Santee. "That's usually where my daughter sits and plays."

They first noticed a bulge in the hallway wall. At first they thought perhaps their daughter had accidentally hit the wall with something, but then decided that probably wasn't possible. That's when they found the curtains in her playroom had been torn.

"Me and my wife have grown up in this neighborhood, we've lived in this neighborhood our whole life, my grandmother actually lived in this house," he said. "This has always been a nice neighborhood and we're hoping this is just an isolated incident."

Wichita Police tell Eyewitness News they responded to a call of shots fired around 2 a.m. Saturday morning in the 3300 block of S. Fern. Neighbors in that area heard gunshots and called police. They also told police they heard a car race off shortly after. Police believe the bullet that hit the Santee's home was a stray bullet from that incident.

"It very easily could have turned out differently," said Santee.

Especially since he, his wife and their 4-year-old daughter were asleep in the room right next door, just feet away from where the bullet struck.

"If it would have gone a couple feet the other way it would have hit one of us while we were sleeping," he said. "Our bed is right up against the window there."

Police collected the bullet and will use it to try and figure out who is responsible.

"That's the most unnerving part, not knowing where the bullet came from, knowing the level it cam in and knowing that one of us could have been hit," he said.