WEST ODESSA -- After taking her kids to school, Cynthia Booty noticed some of her family’s Christmas presents had been disturbed. She thought her grand baby may have torn the packages, but that wasn’t the case.
“That’s when I saw the bullet hole in one of the presents,” Booty said. “And I saw a hole on the trim of the house. I called my husband, we went outside, and I saw the bullet hole coming from the outside.”
After coming back inside, she found the bullet next to the living room couch.
“I was scared,” Booty said. “My grand babies were here. We were all here the night before. Had that happened hours before, it could have been any of us.”
And this wasn’t a one-time incident. Cynthia’s daughter-in-law Kristi Castellano lives next door, and has come home to a shattered mirror, and a bullet in her bathroom.
“I noticed there was a hole through my daughter’s window,” Castellano said. “Then I looked over, and right above her crib there was a bullet hole.”
CBS 7 explored Cynthia’s property, and found the ground littered with shotgun shells and bullet casings.
The house is across from a caliche mine, and Cynthia said she hears gunfire from the quarry and surrounding area all the time.
“You can’t just go randomly in pits and shoot guns,” Moody said. “That bullet is going to land somewhere. It doesn’t disappear into thin air.”
The family reported the incident to the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, spokesperson Sgt. Gary Duesler told CBS 7 that unfortunately, these kind of cases almost never lead to a suspect.
“I wake up in the morning and I look for bullet holes,” Moody said. I go to my kids’ rooms to see if they’re okay, because I don’t know if a bullet went through their bedroom and I’m going to find them dead.”