Stray bullet lodges in woman's headboard

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A year ago, Sylvia Kingka says she lived in a apartment she should have never rented.

She recalls "Shoot 'em up, bang-bang every weekend" about the housing project where she lived in Birmingham's southside. "People getting shot just about every weekend. So I prayed, 'Lord get me out of here. Get me out of here.'"

In December 2009, she moved to the new Hope VI apartments in Ensley. She thought it was home sweet home, as the placard reads on her door.

But around 10pm Wednesday, "I heard a loud noise and thought maybe the kids throwed a brick, like a small rock or something and hit the window pane," she said. When she went to investigate, she saw a .22-calliber bullet had piereced her window, blinds, curtains and lodged into her headboard with her head only 5 inches away.

"I know the angels of God were protecting me. With my head right here, they could have been picking bullets out of my brain today in the mortuary. So God is good," Kingka says.

Police told her the bullet may have come from about a block away as the result of a domestic incident. They tried to reassure her that she wasn't the target, but she says that talk has no comfort.

She says this has all been extra stress she doesn't need. Kingka is in remission from bone marrow cancer. She's gone through chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant.

She says she moved into her house hoping for peace. Now she's petrified.

"And I don't want crime to run me away from my home..none whatsoever," she says. "But I'm scared. Scared to go to sleep."

She says this is an unusal event for her community. For the most part, she describes it as a peaceful, safe place to rasie kids and adds police patrol often. No word on whether officers have arrested the person responsible for the bullet.

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