KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A bullet flew into a local woman’s home but was stopped by what she can only describe as an act of God.
Constance Effie was sitting in her living room inside her home near South 35th and Lust Drive in KCK when she heard what she thought was a bomb.
“All of a sudden ‘boom.’ I thought I was in a war zone because that was the loudest noise I ever heard,” Effie said.
The noise wasn’t the result of a bomb but rather a bullet that went through the side of her house.
“We looked all around and didn’t see a hole anywhere. I thought, ‘Look, that picture, the glass is all broken,'” she said.
The picture that stopped the bullet was hanging 2 feet above where the 70-year-old woman was sitting, and it just so happened to be a framed copy of the Lord’s Prayer.
“It hit (the picture) and fell down behind (the couch). But if it didn’t have the metal, it probably would’ve came on in and hit one of us,” she said.
Effie and her husband, who was also inside the home at the time, weren’t injured but she had a hard time sleeping that night.
“I was afraid,” she said. “I kept thinking I don’t want anymore shooting.”
Effie had to go to the hospital the next morning where doctors said she had suffered a heart attack.
“They said it looked like it was stress heart attack but that it was small one,” she said.
Effie told FOX4 she hears gunshots in her neighborhood all the time. Bullet holes riddle the stop signs outside her home. She doesn’t know who’s doing the shooting but said she would appreciate it if they stopped.
“We’re lucky to be alive, and we’re happy,” Effie said. “We just hope and pray they understand not to do this anymore.”
In the meantime, she said she’s counting her blessings.
“It just means (God) is looking out for us,” Effie said with a smile.
KCK police confirmed they’re investigating the shooting, but they don’t have any suspects at this time.