Praying woman unhurt by stray New Year Eve’s bullet

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An woman on the east side of Indianapolis says she thanks God for protecting her from harm after a stray bullet crashed through her window and struck her in the back.

Rachel Stevenson, 39, had just returned home to her apartment near East 38th Street and Franklin Road after attending a late New Year’s Eve church service. She had just closed her bible and was sitting on the edge of her bed praying before going to sleep.

“The next thing you know, I just hear a big pow,” Stevenson said.

The noise was a bullet, crashing through her bedroom window. It ricocheted off her ceiling and hit her in the middle of her back, bouncing off without leaving a scrape or bruise.

She says police who responded to her 911 call examined the bullet, then said she should hold on to the “good luck bullet.”

But Rachel thinks it was more than luck.

“Maybe some people may not believe it but, I know for myself that that was nothing but God,” she said.

Despite Rachel’s story of survival, the incident represents a troubling tradition police and neighborhood leaders would like to do without. Despite the urging of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, Stevenson’s neighbors tell Fox59 they heard multiple gunshots around the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.

There were no reports of any serious injuries from stray bullets Wednesday morning. But Rachel Stevenson says her close call should serve as a warning against celebrating with gunfire. For now, she has moved her mattress into her living room. She’s afraid to sleep in her bedroom.

“Because I could have been shot dead, or in the hospital paralyzed and I got kids.”