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Bullets riddle north St. Louis home, narrowly miss people inside

by Diana Zoga

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Updated Sunday, May 13 at 11:59 PM

Hillvale Apartments

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -- Cree Caves says she woke up to the unmistakable sound of gunfire, right outside her bedroom. Bullets flew through the bedroom window and pierced the wood headboard above her three-year-old son's head.

"Last night, I could have lost one of my family members and that's hard," said Tanya Herndon, Caves' aunt.

No one was hurt, aside from some bumps and bruises as the people inside the apartment rushed to an interior bathroom to hide. Caves lives in the Hillvale Apartments off Goodfellow in north St. Louis.

The complex is on the city's nuisance watch list, according to Ward 22 Alderman Jeffrey Boyd. A property makes the list if the city registers an unusually high number of calls for service to police.

The owner of the complex meets with the city regularly about crime problems, said Boyd.

The apartment complex has a contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Apartments are subsidized by the taxpayers to provide homes for low income tenants.

Owner Dan Wald tells News 4 he is trying to curb crime by adding surveillance cameras and hiring off-duty police to patrol around 40 hours a week. Wald says he plans to install a new security gate at Hamilton Avenue to restrict access, allowing only residents and guests into the apartment complex.

St. Louis Police said officers were called to investigate the shooting. On Sunday, the report was not yet complete, according to a police spokesperson.

Caves says she does not know why her apartment was targeted.

"I hope they find the person and I hope they put the person away because, obviously, this person didn't care that there were kids in the house."