Stray Bullet Hits Home - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Stray Bullet Hits Home

Reported by: Katie Lopez

Around 6:00 Saturday evening, Phyllis Rodriguez got up from her chair and went to warm up soup in the microwave.  As she was doing so, she heard a loud crash.

"At first I thought it was the microwave, then I thought it was pictures falling - but nothing was down or broken. I checked every window and doors...nothing was broken," says Rodriguez.  

When Rodriguez walked into the sun room, where she was sitting only moments before, she saw glass everywhere.  "I walked into some glass and there was glass all over the floor and my small dining room table was cracked, broken in half. I didn't understand why the table was broken."  It was at that moment that Rodriguez noticed a hole in her ceiling.

"There was a bullet hole. I said Oh my God that's a bullet hole. I just got so scared that I called 911," says Rodriguez.

A bullet had actually come through her roof, broken the glass table next to her chair, and then fell behind a potted plant.  While the thought of possibly being in that chair at the moment the bullet hit scares Rodriguez, there is one thing that scares her more.

"That's where my grand kids usually play. And I usually take care of my grand kids on the weekends," says Rodriguez. 

Rhonda Kleckley, Rodriguez's daughter, said she is relieved no one was hurt.  "My daughter could have been sitting here...my mom. I mean any of us...my older children...this is the room everyone hangs out in. It's very scary and I just thank God nothing did happen."

The bullet has not only created a mess, but has made a woman scared of a home that she has lived in for 40 years.  Rodriguez says, "I'm afraid to go back in there. I'm probably not safe here."

So for people thinking about shooting a gun this New Year's, remember that the bullet has to land somewhere.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • District Attorney: Community needs to come together to address teen violence

    District Attorney: Community needs to come together to address teen violence

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:33:26 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    There is a shocking trend in the Lake area—deadly violence with teens among those arrested. In fact we've seen two cases in just over a week.First on July 17TH, gunfire on North Simmons Street in Lake Charles left  31 year old Gary Obrien dead.       Four people face charges in connection with the case, including 16 year old Justin Ned. He's booked on charges of principle to first degree murder and armed robbery. And this past Saturday, 24-ye...

    More >>

    There is a shocking trend in the Lake area—deadly violence with teens among those arrested. In fact we've seen two cases in just over a week.First on July 17TH, gunfire on North Simmons Street in Lake Charles left  31 year old Gary Obrien dead.       Four people face charges in connection with the case, including 16 year old Justin Ned. He's booked on charges of principle to first degree murder and armed robbery. And this past Saturday, 24-ye...

    More >>
  • Oakdale Police Department dealing with constant phone problems

    Oakdale Police Department dealing with constant phone problems

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:25:49 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    For the Oakdale Police Department one of their constant battles isn't necessarily with criminals, but instead with their phones. Their phone lines were down for most of the weekend, and just got back up yesterday, but this isn't the first time they've dealt with this.  The phones are ringing at the Oakdale Police Department now, but this past weekend that wasn’t the case.  “Friday evening our phones went down,” said police chief, Joseph Lockett. ...More >>
    For the Oakdale Police Department one of their constant battles isn't necessarily with criminals, but instead with their phones. Their phone lines were down for most of the weekend, and just got back up yesterday, but this isn't the first time they've dealt with this.  The phones are ringing at the Oakdale Police Department now, but this past weekend that wasn’t the case.  “Friday evening our phones went down,” said police chief, Joseph Lockett. ...More >>
  • Police: Two dead in Egan car crash

    Police: Two dead in Egan car crash

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 10:20 PM EDT2017-07-26 02:20:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Two people were killed in a car crash this evening shortly after 8 p.m. according to Master Trooper Brooks David, with Louisiana State Police Troop I. The crash happened on Highway 91 near Highway 100. One person died at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital where they died shortly after arrival, David said. We will update this story as more details become available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    Two people were killed in a car crash this evening shortly after 8 p.m. according to Master Trooper Brooks David, with Louisiana State Police Troop I. The crash happened on Highway 91 near Highway 100. One person died at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital where they died shortly after arrival, David said. We will update this story as more details become available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
Powered by Frankly