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Gunfire narrowly misses Lawrence family; investigation ongoing

LAWRENCE ­­— A woman, her boyfriend, and the couple’s infant daughter narrowly ­escaped injury in Lawrence early Sunday when a bullet fired into their bedroom passed through the headboard of the bed, caromed off a wall and into the ceiling, before falling down behind the infant’s crib.

A second shot was fired into the second bedroom where the woman’s 8-year-old daughter was sleeping. She, too, was ­unharmed, Police Chief John Romero said in a telephone inter­view Tuesday.

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Romero said the woman used her cellphone to dial 911 around 4 a.m. Sunday. She reported hearing four gunshots. Romero said police recovered one spent bullet and saw evidence of at least one other round striking the second floor bedrooms at the home on Sullivan Avenue.

The woman told police the bullet came through the window and hit the headboard of the bed where the couple was watching television, missing the woman by just inches, Romero said. He said the woman and the man have both told investigators they know of no reason why someone would have shot at the woman’s home.

“It’s obvious someone targeted the house,’’ Romero said. “Right now, we don’t know whether they had the right house or not. We have more questions than answers.’’

The two upstairs windows had been replaced, but one frame bore a small circular hole marking the entry of one of the bullets. There was no answer there Tuesday afternoon.

The apartment, on the corner of a large two-story rectangular building, is located inside a sprawling housing development off Andover Street and less than a mile from the intersection of Interstate 93 and Inter­state 495.

A woman who lives nearby said she was awakened by what she thought to be gunfire early Sunday. Another resident out walking his dog Tuesday said he also heard the gunfire. Both residents declined to give their name out of fear for their safety.

The woman had lived at the same address for the past eight years and “had no problem with anybody,” Romero said. “. . .  They had no idea who might want to shoot at their house.”

Brian Ballou can be reached at BBallou@globe.com. John ­Ellement can be reached at ­ellement@globe.com.
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