KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City father says he threw his body on top of his children to shield them from gunfire when a bullet pierced their bedroom window.
The shooting happened at Brighton Place Apartments in the 2400 block of Brighton Avenue just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
Edward Pulluaim said hearing gunfire in his Eastside neighborhood is unfortunately pretty common, but never before has it hit this close to home.
“What could’ve been…” he said, as he looked at the bullet hole in his window. “I’m glad, so blessed that Jehovah didn`t let it happen.”
The shattered glass is reminder to his family of just how lucky they are, after someone started shooting outside their apartment complex and a bullet came flying in their direction.
“It was a terrible experience,” Pulluaim said. “I don`t want to ever have to go through that again.”
Pulluaim said he had just put his 5-month-old daughter and 6-year-old son to sleep, when the gunfire started between two groups.
“The bullet comes through the window,” he said, “hits the window and hit the wall and I’m still crawling as fast as I can.”
He and his wife made it to their children, laid them down, and then laid on top of them to shield them as more shots rang out and he dialed 911.
“Just fear and adrenaline, all at the same time,” he recalled feeling in that moment. “It`s crazy because I’m looking over my kids and I’m looking at my wife, but I’m talking to God at the same time, like, ‘Please, let us be okay.’”
Thankfully, no one was hurt. But what happened made Pulluaim angry his innocent family got caught in the middle of such senseless violence.
“That’s why in Kansas City, you got all these different babies getting killed,” he said. “The people that are mad at each other and shooting at each other are not getting hit.”
“It`s innocent people that are getting hit –babies, people that have nothing to do with it. So I don’t want that to happen to my family. I don’t want us to be a victim of that in Kansas City.”
He’s now sharing his story in hopes of stopping the violence in his community.
“I would like for more people to get together and try to stop it,” he said, “and fight it in whatever kind of ways we can.”
Pulluaim thinks tighter security at his complex and more police patrols would help curb some of the shootings in his area.
Right now police have yet to arrest anyone in this case. If you know something, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.