110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 23, 2013 - 10:29:27am
A Deltona family is thanking God after a large-caliber bullet tore into their car as they rode home from a Wednesday-evening church service July 17. The bullet came through the driver's-side rear door, slightly injuring a 9-year-old girl.
Thomas and Ursula Reid of Deltona and their granddaughter Isabell Moreland were in the family Toyota near the intersection of Newmark Drive and Timberland Road around 10 p.m., after attending church in Lake Helen and stopping at the grocery.
Thomas Reid heard a loud bang, but thought it was a car backfiring.
Then, Moreland said, something had hit her leg.
Her shin was grazed by shrapnel from plastic door trim that was shredded by the bullet, Thomas Reid said.
Deputies told him the bullet was probably a .45 caliber, judging from the size of the hole it made in the vehicle.
"We are all OK," Thomas Reid said July 19, "thanks to God watching over us."
Where the bullet came from is a mystery. The Reids were unable to recall any car nearby when they heard the bang.
Deputies from the Sheriff's Office could not retrieve the bullet from the car. They searched the area for shell casings or evidence that someone had been shooting at cars, but found nothing.
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