Police Investigating After Stray Bullet Narrowly Misses Sleeping Three-Year-Old In Darby Borough
DARBY BOROUGH, Pa., (CBS) — Darby Borough Police are still searching for the people responsible for a stray bullet that nearly hit a three-year-old who was sleeping in his crib Sunday night.
Officers went door to door Monday evening passing out fliers and alerting neighbors of what happened. They were also searching for surveillance video and looking for eyewitnesses.
Police describe the suspects as two men in their late teens and early twenties.
The shooting happened Sunday night around 11 p.m. near the intersection of 6th and Walnut Streets. Police say they found a number of 9mm shell casings at the scene. But police say the stray bullet hit a block away near 5th and Walnut Streets.
“This could have been extremely serious,” Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe said. “People don’t understand where that round’s gonna go after they fire it.”
On scene, neighbors could see where the bullet pierced a window on the 500 block of Walnut Street. Police say the bullet then went through an apartment wall and eventually hit a humidifier.
Inside, police documented just how far away the bullet was from a three-year-old sleeping in a crib. Inches separated the two.
“That was my great grandson if he’d have stood up, he might not be here today,” Janice Davis said.
Davis is not only family, but she’s also the President of the Darby Borough Council.
“I don’t want to see any kid, anybody get hurt,” Davis said.
Her great grandson wasn’t hurt. But neighbors who live near 5th and Walnut Streets are becoming all too accustomed to hearing gunshots.
“Recently it’s been like the O.K. Corral, it’s horrible around here,” Joanne Moore said. “But last night around 11 o’clock I heard about six gunshots.”
“I could have woken up to one of my kids not breathing,” parent and neighbor Alia Fowler added.
Close to 24 hours later, police continued to search for the suspects.
Meanwhile, this close call has a community worried about what’s next.
“It’s scary, you’re not safe in your bed at night,” Moore said.
“There’s gotta be a better way we can works things out besides using a gun,” another neighbor added.
Police say there was a homicide in Darby Borough about a week ago in the same area of Sunday night’s gunfire. They are looking into a possible connection.
Meanwhile, if you have any information about this shooting, give police a call.
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