A refugee family fleeing violence in Syria faced a terrifying situation Sunday, after a bullet tore through the window of their 12-year-old niece's bedroom.
The shooting happened in the northeast Calgary community of Rundle late Sunday morning. The young girl was making her bed when a bullet flew through her window.
The bullet was found lodged just below the ceiling, and was likely fired from the back alley, the Calgary Herald reported.
It was a harrowing experience for a family hoping to escape conflict.
“They feel really unsafe — they just came from war. To them, they’ve been running away from those bombings. They’ve run away from (Syria) for a better life and peace and look what happened," Nazha Elhedri, a friend of the family, told Metro News.
Elhedri said the family only moved into the Rundle home two weeks ago. The 12-year-old girl was orphaned when her father was killed by a bomb back in Syria, Metro reported.
Police say the attack was targeted, but not for the family — it was likely meant for the tenant in the basement. The incident is still under investigation.
Calgary's police chief expressed concern in November last year that the city was seeing an increase in gun violence.
There were over 80 shootings in Calgary in 2015, according to The Canadian Press.
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