Bullet an uninvited Thanksgiving guest

2013-11-28T17:30:00Z 2013-11-28T22:13:04Z Bullet an uninvited Thanksgiving guestStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 28, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A mother and her teenage daughter outside LaPorte were baking cookies for Thanksgiving when a bullet came flying through their living room window.

Except for some jangled nerves, no one was hurt.

"It was kind of a shock thing. Everybody is fine," Coby Moody said, the boyfriend of the woman involved.

Moody said he was heading home from work when called by his girlfriend, Carrie Patton, about what just occurred.

According to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department, Patton and her 13-year-old daughter, Brooke, were baking sugar cookies when they heard a "pop" outside their home in the 2600 block of North County Road 50 West.

They moved a couch away from the wall thinking the noise was from an electrical outlet going bad.

That’s when they saw a hole in the double pane window and a piece of a bullet on the floor below the curtains.

Authorities said responding officers soon found another bullet fragment lodged in the thick curtains.

Jennifer Klein and Jason McCleery live next door and were in a pole barn gutting a deer when they heard the gunshot.

They looked out but saw or heard no passing vehicles.

"It sounded like right in front of the house," Klein said.

Officers searched the area but located no suspects.

LaPorte County Chief of Detectives Pat Cicero said he believed the round came from a distance and was not aimed at the house.

Moody agreed thinking a hunter somewhere nearby fired a round that ricocheted.

The area is fairly heavily populated but still considered out in the country.

Moody said the window was not shattered and until they can get a new one he simply put some duct tape over the hole "and sealed things up."

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