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New Year's Eve Bullet Lands in Family's Bed

The bullet nearly hit the dog. But, police say if you fire a bullet like that, you could be arrested.

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis family had a scary start to 2018 when a stray bullet came through the ceiling in their bedroom on New Year’s Eve. The bullet shot through the ceiling and hit the ground about a foot from where their dog, Cooper, was in his crate, and then bounced onto their bed.

Alyssa Mullens said she didn’t realize it was a bullet at first.

“We periodically came up and checked in on [the dogs], and then realized there was a hole in the ceiling,” Mullens said. “Travis, my boyfriend, thought it was a squirrel in the attic or something, and then someone said to check for a bullet, which blew our mind a little bit.”

Mullens and her boyfriend were hosting a New Year’s Eve party at their home near 32nd and Park, which is on bthe city's north side, when the shooting happened. Police came and collected the bullet as evidence, but said it’s unlikely the shooter will ever be found.

Revelers shooting off firearms on New Year’s Eve is a problem for people around the state, said Trooper Stephon Mason.

"Common sense will tell you what goes up must come down," said Mason. 

He said it is illegal to shoot off guns in celebration of New Year’s Eve, and the charges you could face range from misdemeanors to felonies.

"You've got charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, depending upon the severity of the crime."

IMPD says it responded to 158 reports of shots fired between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on New Year’s. The department says hundreds more were likely never reported.


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