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Shots fired into Punta Gorda apartment

Posted at 10:18 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 08:01:02-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Charlotte county couple woke up to the sounds of gunshots Thursday morning. They discovered bullet holes in their window and car at the 7 Palms apartment complex.

"You can't even be protected in your house without someone wanting to shoot you up," Josie Crowel said. "This is my life right here and they jeopardized that," she added.

Crowel has lived in her unit for the past seven months. The complex's maintenance team covered up the bullet hole in her window with duct tape.

"It is pretty nerve-racking. We were in bed at 4 in the morning and it sounded like someone was throwing rocks at our window," Justin Winters said. "You never expect something this to happen in the middle of the night."

Punta Gorda Police Department detectives found a bullet hole in the window of Crowel's apartment as well as additional holes in another window. Bullet holes also lined the back of a car parked outside of their unit.

"They ricocheted everywhere. They were aiming at this car apparently and a few bullets went astray," Winters said. "Someone could've died and it would've been a murder case," he added.

Crowel and Winters weren't hurt. Detectives believe that this is an isolated case. PGPD said the public is not in any danger.

If anyone has any information on this shooting, please contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.