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Stray Bullet Shoots Through House in Zillah

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ZILLAH, Wash - A Zillah woman gets a scare after a stray bullet passes through her house.  Sheriff deputies say it was from a rifle.

Deputies say the shot fired wasn't on purpose and it probably stemmed from someone being negligent.

Wednesday night it was just another evening for Vernita Shipman, with her husband, two daughters and their two-month-old baby boy.  Then a bullet hit the side of their house, went through the wall and shattered a bathroom mirror. 

"I just heard a noise in the bathroom, I didn't know what it was," says Shipman.

Her husband took their kids into the back bedroom and hit the floor.

"He just came in with my brother to tell me to get down on the floor.   I was scared," says Brianne Norman, Shipman's seven-year-old daughter.

The family says they sometimes see people heading off into the hills with rifles and have even heard there is coyote hunting in nearby orchards.  Thursday they are glad the bullet was in the empty bathroom.

"If the bullet would have been a little further over, where the bed is, that's where we were lying with the baby," explains Shipman.

Sheriff deputies did try and find who ever shot the rifle off in the distance, but were unsuccessful.  The Zillah family hopes people can be more careful when firing weapons in the hills.