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Stray bullet narrowly misses sleeping Raleigh firefighter

Posted March 3, 2011
Updated March 17, 2011

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— A fight between two women outside a Raleigh fire station on South Saunders Street early Thursday could have ended in tragedy when a bullet went flying into the building, just inches above a sleeping firefighter.

“He was lying in bed asleep, and all of a sudden, he heard this loud sound right behind his head,” Capt. Dale Wall, with Raleigh Fire Station 2, said. “They didn't really know what had happened until they got up and started looking around and noticed the slug on the floor and noticed the hole through the partition.”

The bullet missed firefighter Will Smith by 6 inches.

Wall said it went through the base of the fire station window, over the bed where Smith was sleeping, through the wall next to his bed, then through an open door and down the hallway before ricocheting off a concrete wall.

Smith said, at first, he thought a transformer had blown and then was shocked to see the bullet hole inches from where he was sleeping.

He said he usually sleeps on his side and had he been at the time, he believes he would likely have been shot.

Tristian Todd Stray bullet misses sleeping firefighter

“I am thanking the Lord that it didn’t hit me,” he said, adding that firefighters are used to being called to shooting scenes in the aftermath but aren’t used to having “bullets flying toward us.”

Tristian Todd, 20, of 1236 Angelus Drive, faces several charges, including one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, going armed to the terror of people, discharge of a firearm in a city and intoxication and disruption.

Raleigh police said the shooting stemmed from a week-long dispute between Todd and another woman and that at least one of the two fired multiple gunshots.

Todd was in the Wake County jail under a $50,000 secured bond on Thursday.

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  • grilled chesus Mar 4, 2011

    who cares if everyone owned a gun, guns dont kill people... people kill people.

  • soapbox Mar 4, 2011

    “,,,[the bullet] went through the base of the fire station window, over the bed where Smith was sleeping, through the wall next to his bed, then through an open door and down the hallway before ricocheting off a concrete wall.”

    Stray bullets flying around like lethal billiard balls. I’m waiting for the comments that claim that if everyone had a gun this never would have happened….

  • jmclawson82 Mar 4, 2011

    "Why is it that some sections of Raleigh are so much more dangerous than others? It seems that we are constantly reading about violence occurring on or near Saunders Street."

    You obviously don't get out much in that area. The reason that sections of Raleigh seem more dangerous than others are simply because they are. Unfortunately all sections are not nice and carefree. That area sits just south of downtown. There are no 500,000 dollar homes in that area.

  • wildcat Mar 4, 2011

    The girls with the gun should have been charged. She really could have killed someone. Glad the firemen will be OK.

  • ccs1920 Mar 4, 2011

    Why is it that some sections of Raleigh are so much more dangerous than others? It seems that we are constantly reading about violence occurring on or near Saunders Street.

  • RM24 Mar 4, 2011

    Wonder how/where she got a gun? r u crazy too:

    I willing to place a wager that it was not obtained legally? Any takers?

  • mpsoldier1985 Mar 4, 2011

    I think it was racially motivated. She should get charged with a hate crime

  • delilahk2000 Mar 4, 2011

    LOCK THEM UP, WITH NO SLAP ON THE WRIST. THEY COULD HAVE EASILY KILLED SOMEONE.

  • NCStatePack Mar 4, 2011

    He should move in with aunt and uncle in Bel-air. It's much safer there.

  • tobywilliamson58 Mar 4, 2011

    Well, where was the firefighter sleeping? HA-UM!

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