Young girl not injured after random bullet hits window at her Arlington home

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a random gunfire incident that occurred overnight in a quiet north Arlington neighborhood.

Joyce Atayde was at her home in the area of Interstate 30 and NW Green Oaks Blvd around 1:00am when her young daughter reported hearing a loud boom in her bedroom. Joyce and her husband originally thought it was a tree branch falling on the roof, but when they went into their daughter’s bedroom, they found a bullet had impacted the window and lodged itself into the carpet.

Thankfully, their daughter was in bed at the time. The bullet landed where Joyce’s daughter sits and reads her books.

The Ataydes called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to Arlington police, but their officers were busy working several shooting calls, including two that were fatal. An officer came out earlier this morning to take evidence and write a report on the incident.

“My daughter doesn’t want to sleep in her bedroom anymore,” said Joyce. The incident has traumatized the family.

Arlington police told her the chances of catching the person responsible are slim to none.

Celebratory and random gunfire is a Class A Misdemeanor in the State of Texas. It is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail. If caught, a charge of Deadly Conduct could cost you $10,000 and jail time. Remember: what does up must come down. Do not celebrate New Year’s Eve, July 4th, or any holiday with celebratory gunfire. It could cost the life of an innocent person.