At about 2:30am on Thursday, October 29, four shots were fired at 29th and Lima. The bullets traveled through a window of a Stapleton home and hit the wall about 6 inches above an infant’s crib. No one was injured.
The homeowners awoke but did not realize the bullets actually penetrated the house so they attempted to go back to sleep and no 911 calls were made. In the morning, upon finding the bullet holes, they called the police. Officers collected as much information as possible and a detective has been assigned to the case, but unfortunately there are no witnesses or leads at this time, according to District 5 community resource officer Brandi Thomas.
Police are calling this “shots fired into an occupied structure,” meaning unlike a drive-by shooting the home was not targeted and the shots fired were a byproduct of another unknown incident.
Denver Police encourage residents to always call 911 when they hear gunshots, even if they do not actually see the incident. “If you call we can dispatch extra patrol in that area and have a chance of noticing someone who is leaving the neighborhood at a high speed or something else suspicious.” Reports are also important for data collection so police can focus their efforts on areas that have higher rate of incidence.
Police also remind residents to always leave a porch light on at night, which is a good deterrent of crime. If a streetlight is out, call Xcel at 1-800-895-4999 or visit www.xcelenergy.com/Outages/Report_Outage to give the pole number (listed on the pole) and its location.
The November Stapleton United Neighbors meeting will cover safety and crime prevention where people can ask community resource officers questions regarding this incident. The meeting will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 17 at the Central Park Rec Center, 9651 E. MLK Blvd. For more information, call the District 5 police department at 720.913.1400 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/denverpoliceD5.