A Bower neighbourhood resident says a single bullet made a lot of holes on his property, including to a wooden cabinet inside his garage. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

‘It’s lucky I wasn’t home’: Red Deer resident finds bullet holes in yard

Red Deer RCMP investigating incident

A Fairview neighbourhood resident believes a single bullet fired towards his home pierced two fence panels, a garage door, a wooden cabinet and a garage wall.

RCMP are still determining what type of projectile was used.

The resident, who the Advocate agreed not to name, said the holes line up so indicating it was one bullet that caused all the damage, likely from a high-powered firearm.

“I don’t know what else could go through that much,” he said about the damage he discovered earlier this week at his home on Fairway Avenue near Bower Ponds.

The bullet made a hole in his plastic fence near the back alley, went through the corner of his backyard and hit a side fence close to the garage. It then went through the garage’s vehicle door, then through a solid wood cabinet inside the corner of the garage, and exited out the garage wall.

“It’s lucky I wasn’t home that weekend because it would have definitely hit my truck if it was parked in there.”

He said if the bullet had been fired directly behind his garage, it could have hit his house.

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Red Deer RCMP Cpl. Mike Evans said an investigation was underway.

“We can’t really speak to what type of projectile it is at this time. The investigation is ongoing and that’s what we’re hopefully going to be able to determine,” Evans said.

He said the most recent confirmed shooting in Red Deer involved a small-calibre bullet that broke a window at Printer World in Cronquist Business Park on May 10.

Evans said confirmed gunshots are not something reported to police on a regular basis. People sometimes believe they have heard a gunshot but it’s difficult to determine the source, and nobody reports property damage. But RCMP do encourage the public to report any suspicious activity or noises.

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The Fairview resident has been searching for the bullet. He suspects it was fired at night sometime last weekend when he wasn’t at home.

He said didn’t believe he was targeted, but was concerned and wanted people in his neighbourhood to be aware. Surrounding properties were not damaged.

He thinks the shot was fired from his back lane or nearby Kerry Wood Drive.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

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