A bullet just came through my skylight

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    It was 8:45 on a cool night in San Francisco. My wife and I were enjoying the Budwieser Wasssuuup comercials on youtube when we both heard a loud pop.
    Two startled adults blurted "WHAT WAS THAT?" in unison.
    I looked around and found nothing until I walked down my stairs. There was a 1/4" chunk in the sheetrock next to the stairway. Whoa Columbo, where did that come from? No holes in the outside wall, nothing in the bookshelf on the otherside of the wall. Hmm, maybe some bad wiring? Nope we built that wall and there in no wiring inside. I walked down the stairs and saw a strange copper cylinder on the tile floor. I picked it up (sorry Sherlock) and realized I was holding a bullet. It was cool to the touch. I put it down where I found it and called 911. I told them that I thought someone took a shot at my house. I said I found a bullet on my floor. They asked me if anyone was hurt and when I said no, they transferred me to the local dispatcher. I told her eveything again, she got my info and said she would send someone right out.
    While we were waiting for the cops we tried to figure out where the bullet came from. That is when I looked up and saw a hole in my skylight. Yup, the darn thing must have crashed through my skylight. Mrs. Columbo, er I mean Mrs. slobake looked down and saw a big gouge in our stairs. Darn it Jim, we just installed new oak flooring on those stairs.
    I was standing on the stairs shining my flashlight up at the skylight when my smarter half said "Get away from there you want to get shot!" I figured the shooter was long gone but submitted to her wisdom and moved out from under the skylight.
    I started heading for the front door to check the roof but she was having none of it.
    "Hey, where are you going?"
    "Outside to check the roof"
    "No way, you want to get killed. Stay in here."
    Once again I submitted to her wisdom and shut the door.
    We decided to check on our nieghbors to see if they were all right and to see if they heard anyone on the roof.
    I called Francios and she called Misty. Thankfully they were both okay. Neither had heard anyone on the roof.
    The doorbell rang as I was hanging up. I opened the door to six young cops in blue. Five young men and one young woman. They were all cordial and officer Espinoza took the lead. He said "whoa" when he say the bullet on the floor. He told me it was from a 45. I showed them the notch in the wall and the hole the skylight.
    All the cops aggreed that it was a random bullet probably fired from 1/4 to one mile away. One of the other cops said "Like my dad always told me, what comes up must go down." Unfortunately the bullet went up and came down through my skylight.
    Officer Espinoza explained that is somone had shot the bullet from our roof it would have went right through the wall. He pointed out how the bullet was undamaged. If it was shot at closer range it would have been more beat up.
    He put the bullet in a plastic bag to deliver to ballistics.
    Two cops got another call and took off. Two other officers checked our back yard. I noticed that one of the cops pulled her gun out before she opened the door to the yard. Nothing in the back yard except a few hydrangas and lemon trees. The cop holstered her gun and asked my wife if she was okay. My wife said she was fine.
    Everthing checked out and all the cops left except office Espinoza and his partner. He asked me a few more questions.
    I told him the loud crack we heard was probably the bullet crashing through our skylight.
    He asked me how much I thought it would cost to replace the skylight and fix the wall. I told him I had no idea. We aggreed that the a good guess for the skylight was $500. I told him I could fix the wall for next to nothing and we agreed that a guess for a pro to fix it would be $50.
    Officer Espinoza handed me the case number and pamphlet called the "The Victim's Bill of Rights." We both laughed when I said I didn't feel like much of a victim. I pointed out the 100 year old stained glass in my front window and explained it was a priceless family heirloom . We were both glad it didn't get damaged. I thanked him and his partner, shook their hands and they left.
    Mrs. slobake repaired the gouge in the wall, filled in the hole in the stairs and folded her laundry while I wrote this. Yup, that woman is fast.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
  2. NG51

    NG51 Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Oh man-that's disconcerting. Glad you are all OK.
  3. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

  4. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    My wife and I both thank God no one got hurt. We are still finding pieces of glass from our skylight on the stairs, downstairs in the hall and in our living room.
  5. NG51

    NG51 Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I guess maybe Kevlar skylights might have a problem with letting enough light in...
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  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Wow, a quarter mile to mile away possibly. I remember my pop always telling me to never fire a gun into the air for fun.
    Good deal y'all are fine, and I suppose it was a little on the fun/adventurous side piecing together your 'crime scene'.
    Shall I send Horatio over for further forensics?


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  7. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz i support licensing Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Glad you're both okay and no basses were injured. Seriously, I am glad everyone is okay!
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  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I think there's a song in there somewhere. :bassist:

    Glad you're and the Mrs. are okay!

    Coulda been slowake! :angel:

    It's few people who can truly say they dodged a bullet! :thumbsup:
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    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    SF is going to hell in a hand basket. Completely overpriced for the level of dysfunction in this city.
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  10. I think the Mythbusters showed well how the falling terminal velocity of upward fired bullets is non lethal. The flatter arc ones are the ones to dodge.
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  11. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    WOW. Glad no one was hurt. That's insane.

    You see vids of people shooting guns in the air, and I always wondered about the rain of bullets falling to earth afterward. But I suppose the physics would be that the bullet would fly upward until gravity overtook its momentum and stalled it out. From that point it wouldn't have any more force than any other falling object.
  12. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Glad everyone's okay. I wonder what kind of bodily damage it could've done after going up and then down through, what, some kind of polycarbonate right?
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  13. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    It was lethal to the skylight.
  14. Yup. Slobake avoided a nasty boink on the brainbox.
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  15. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    We have a child locally. A bullet tumbling down pierced his roof and hit him in the head. The child was in ICU for several days. Man, this sort of thing is out of control. Glad you are OK Slo..... I only have one question. How did you get Mrs. Slo to effect the repairs? I want to initiate a similar initiative in my home.
  16. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    Crazy story! So glad you are both okay!

    Seriously, though, if someone didn't want you to watch those insipid Budweiser commercials, I'm sure you would have changed videos if they would have asked nicely!

    (Again, so glad you are okay!!!!)
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  17. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i'm so glad that you and mrs slobake are okay - that's the most important thing! and although you'll have to fix your stair and skylight, you have a great story to tell in the future.
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  18. I'm not from the USA, so I don't know much about guns, but...

    Isn't the copper cylinder the casing of the bullet? Wouldn't it be (usually) found near where the shot was fired?

    Anyway, I'm glad you were unharmed.
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  19. tkonbass

    tkonbass I'm just one of the out-of-focus guys. Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    St. Paul, MN
    I manage a large distribution facility on the Gulf Coast and we have an ongoing problem with bullet holes in the metal roofs of our warehouses. After the 4th of July and New Years or Alabama (ugh) wins another championship we'll have new holes in our roof. The fact that people are so idiotic as to fire a weapon into the sky without any concern of the consequences, while unsurprising down here, is still infuriating.
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  20. Just don't tell it to anyone looking to buy the house.
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