AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — A pregnant Colorado woman has been released from the hospital after being hit by a stray bullet while sleeping at home this week.
Kendall Heinold said she and her family woke up early Thursday morning to the sound of gunshots in their Aurora neighborhood.
“(There) was just a really loud noise and then a lot of pain in my left side,” she said. “My husband was sleeping next to me, and he got up and said, ‘Did you hear that?’ because it was so strong. And I just looked at him and I was like, ‘Baby, call 911, I just got shot.’
Heinold was taken to the hospital, where doctors found a bullet lodged in her shoulder.
The 27-year-old is 16 weeks pregnant and said doctors decided to leave the bullet inside her rather than put her under anesthesia for surgery.
Aurora police believe the bullet may have traveled hundreds of feet in the air over a greenbelt that backs onto the family’s home.
Bullet hole narrowly misses sleeping children
The family said they later discovered a bullet hole in the bedroom of their children, ages 5 and 6.
“The bullet missed my 5-year-old daughter’s head by a foot and went through her bedroom, my closet and my pregnancy pillow,” Heinold said. “Honestly, I think it was the pregnancy pillow that saved my life because it went through the side and my arm was on it. So the ball changed trajectory when it hit my pillow.
The family shared Nexstar KDVR video of eight gunshots recorded on a neighbor’s security camera.
Heinold said she was grateful no one was killed, but she had a message for whoever fired those shots.
“I don’t think I was targeted. I don’t think it’s intentional, but I think people need to know that when a shot is fired, the bullet goes somewhere,” she said. “That bullet traveled somewhere and it ended up going into my house and it hit me. So thankfully my kids, my baby, my dog and my husband were forgotten about, but it ended up in my arm – which I think is the best case scenario, but it’s still scary.