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Bullet grazes Fall River woman’s leg in drive-by shooting

July 06, 2016



FALL RIVER — A bullet grazed a woman’s leg in an early-morning drive-by shooting in Maple Gardens.

The woman told Fall River police officers that she was lying in bed with her boyfriend, around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, when she heard several loud bangs, then felt a burning sensation to her right leg and debris hitting her face, Fall River police Lt. Paul Santos said.

The woman said she got out of bed and saw several holes in the wall under her bedroom window, as well as a scratch to her leg, Santos said.

The woman’s boyfriend told police he heard five or six loud bangs, which he thought were fireworks until pieces of drywall began hitting his face. The man said he got out of bed, and saw a piece of cotton from the bed comforter fall to the floor. When he picked it up, he noticed a small piece of metal, which police determined to be a projectile from a fired bullet, Santos said.

The ShotSpotter gunshot detection system picked up 11 gunshots near the intersection of Bright and Wayne streets. The responding police officers recovered 11 spent shell casings in the area and found seven bullet holes in the exterior of the victim’s residence, and one bullet in the hood of a nearby parked vehicle, Santos said.

Paramedics responded to the scene, but the woman refused further medical attention, Santos said.

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