Stray Bullets Land In Homes Along South Canadian River

Friday, September 5th 2014, 10:58 pm
By: News 9

Stray bullets have ended up in the living rooms of two homes in a Norman housing addition, and it has neighbors worried.

Norman police are sending a warning to those firing guns along the South Canadian River.

When News 9 went down to the river to get video around 5 p.m. Friday, gun shots were heard.

Police believe when bullets made their way inside two homes in the Cambridge subdivision, they came from the river.

“Shards of glass and pieces of the blinds were blown about 15, 20 feet into the living room,” Norman resident, Kelly Lang said.

A 40-caliber bullet came flying into Lang's home. 

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It was the night of August 3 when she heard a noise in her dining room.

“It stopped about one foot from where I typically sit to watch television," said Lang. "I wasn't in that spot at the moment.”

“Look at the distance from here, to here, to here,” said Captain Tom Easley, showing a map. “It's less than a quarter mile.”

That's how close Lang is to where these shots are being fired, and according to Norman police, it's right along the South Canadian River.

“I think people that go down on the South Canadian River and sometimes fire guns probably have no idea that they are violating the law, or that they're endangering people,” Easley said.

Captain Easley said despite what some may believe, the river is not public property. Although, the city of Norman has some very specific exceptions.

“The bottom line is, if you're firing a weapon in such a way that it will likely land in a populated area, that's a violation of the law,” Easley said.

“The bullet was found under this little yellow chest, and then it slid all the way against the wall,” said Lang. “Whoever is doing this doesn't even realize the damage they've caused. They don't even know.”

You can be cited if you're caught trespassing along the Canadian River without permission.

Norman police were actually able to find and charge three people for firing a pistol in a populated area in the most recent case.

Those three now face charges of reckless conduct with a firearm.