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Shot fired into home nearly misses woman

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The bullet sailed through her wall and into her love seat. The bullet sailed through her wall and into her love seat.

A bullet narrowly missed hitting a woman Monday evening, as she sat on her couch watching television. The bullet went through her wall and wound up in the love seat next to her.

52-year-old Esther Hurt said the Lord was on her side. Hurt said the bullet ricocheted off the couch. Police later recovered the bullet.

Hurt's car also bears a bullet hole, leaving her to wonder if she was an innocent bystander or a missed target. Huntsville Police do not have that answer. No one has been arrested and there are currently no leads.

Hurt said this incident is the last straw. After nearly a half-dozen burglaries, and now this shooting, she is ready to pack up and move, taking her damaged love seat as an unfortunate reminder.

"I can't live like this," she said.

It is sentiments like this that Mayor Tommy Battle said inspires Huntsville Police to work harder.

"Anytime this happens, it is very important to us and something we take very seriously. We work on a day to day basis, we look at statistics, where crime is happening. We put task forces together to make sure that crime does not happen," said Mayor Battle.

Monday's incident was the fifth shooting into an occupied dwelling in Huntsville in October alone. When it comes to major crimes such as homicides, Mayor Battle said Huntsville is far better off than cities like Montgomery and Mobile. Still, he said one of any crime is one too many.

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