A bullet fired into a Navarre home early Sunday narrowly missed a sleeping boy, according to a resident.
According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday someone fired a bullet into a home near the intersection of Brighton Oaks Boulevard and County Road 399 (East Bay Boulevard). Officers recovered a .45-caliber bullet embedded in a wooden stud in a bedroom wall, opposite a window with a hole through a screen and two panes of glass. The bullet struck the bedroom wall about two feet above a twin bed lying on the floor, according to the deputy’s report.
“A normal height bed would have put the occupant (of the bed) in the impact zone of the bullet,” the deputy reported.
Shani Pinkerton, who lives at the home, said her sons and two friends were sleeping in the room when the shot was fired.
The Sheriff’s Office received several reports of a vehicle from which a person or persons was randomly firing gunshots traveling along CR 399 and Andorra Street between 9 p.m. and midnight Saturday. No suspects or vehicles had been identified at the time this report was posted. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this and a similar incident earlier this month in the Villa Venyce neighborhood in Gulf Breeze.
Deputy Rich Aloy, SRSO public information officer, said the bullets recovered at the two scenes were not the same caliber – deputies recovered a .22-caliber bullet at the Gulf Breeze scene – and said reports of hearing shots fired are not unusual. Aloy said residents should report any suspicious activity to 911, especially gunshots, as soon as possible.