Family Finds Bullet Hole in Bedroom Wall, Dresser

Shot fired into apartment overnight

By Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:55 PM EDT
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Family Finds Bullet Hole in Bedroom Wall, Dresser

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After coming through the wall, the bullet pierced the side of the dresser and the first drawer.

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A man fired a shot into an apartment where three young children were sleeping overnight, according to Fredericksburg police.

The .40-caliber bullet wasn’t discovered until after a 5-year-old boy told his father about a hole through the wall of the parents’ bedroom, police said.

Police went to the apartment in the 2300 block of Cowan Boulevard after it was reported at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and found the bullet lodged in the side of the bedroom dresser. They determined the bullet came from the adjacent apartment.

The resident of that apartment, 25-year-old Alexander Furgason, was contacted at work and gave officers permission to search his apartment and vehicle, police said. They seized four firearms for safekeeping.

During the investigation, police learned Furgason did not make an attempt to check on the family after firing the shot, authorities said. The parents told News4’s Erika Gonzalez they went to bed about 1 a.m., so they believe the shot was fired much later or they would have heard it through the thin walls.

Furgason was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm into an occupied dwelling, a Class 6 felony. He was released on $3,500 bond.

In addition to the boy who found the hole, a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old live in the apartment.

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