Galveston — While sitting inside her mother’s home one Saturday afternoon in Galveston, the last thing Lori Stout expected in such a small town was gunfire.
First, she thought it was somebody throwing rocks through a window. Upon hearing a second popping noise though, there was no doubt about what was speeding through.
She immediately realized she needed to keep herself and her
5-year-old daughter safe.
“I just didn’t know where to go,” Stout said. “I had to go get my phone [to call 911] and I thought, ‘what if they start shooting again?’”
The mother and daughter were on the ground together, wondering what could have possibly happened.
It turned out a round of the same .308 caliber had struck a neighbor’s property as well, according to a Cass County Sheriff’s Department report. The report states it was the result of a shooting-range event that was being held at a private property about a mile outside of town, and sponsored by the Down by the Tracks Gun Store in Galveston. The rounds belong to a Russian PKM full-automatic machine gun, police said.
At about 1 p.m. April 14, police arrived at Stout’s location in the 200 block of South Sycamore Street. Upon arrival, officers found a bullet lodged in a wooden door frame of the residence, which police said had traveled through a window above the front door.
At a nearby property in the 300 block of Howard Street, police located a bullet hole in a garage and a dent on a vehicle, which appeared to have been struck by a bullet, the report states.
Stout’s parents, Jack and Pam Hight, own the Sycamore street home. They were both away at the time of the bullets’ impact.
“I was probably doing about 90 miles per hour to get back down here,” said Jack, who heard of the news while he was at Menard’s. “All kinds of stuff goes through your mind. You don’t know if it’s a drive-by. You don’t know if this is some sort of gang-related thing from out of town.”