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Cops Speak About Harrowing Scene After Woman Hit by Stray Bullet in Englewood

The officers found the woman lying on the floor of her home after she was hit in the face by a bullet

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    Englewood Shooting Caught on Doorbell Camera

    A shooting in the Englewood neighborhood was caught on video, but police almost didn't notice that a woman had been hit by a stray bullet while sitting in her home. NBC 5's Christian Farr shares their recollections of the day. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019)

    A 35-year-old woman remains in critical condition after she was shot in the face while sitting inside of her Englewood home on Tuesday, and the officers who were dispatched to the residence are speaking out.

    The shooting was captured on doorbell camera Tuesday, as a person in a white vehicle opened fire, striking a 21-year-old man who was walking on a sidewalk in the 7300 block of South Wolcott, police said.

    One of the bullets fired in the incident went through the window of a home, striking the woman in the face.

    Officer Rodolfo Farias, who was one of the responding officers at the scene, noticed a bullet hole in the window of the home, and he approached the door and knocked. 

    “I was able to look inside, and it appeared that there was someone lying on the floor,” Officer Rodolfo Farias said. “At that time we made entry into the house, and discovered the young lady with a gunshot wound to her face, laying facedown.”

    The officers say that the unidentified woman was within arms-reach of her cellphone, and that it appeared she had been sitting on her couch when she was shot.

    “I was shocked to see someone laying on the floor. I hope she makes a full recovery,” Sgt. Rudy Vargas said.

    The officers did what they could to help the woman before emergency crews arrived. She is still being treated for her wounds at an area hospital.

    After the shooting, officers say they have thought a lot about the incident, and they've found themselves wondering what would have happened if one of the Farias hadn't seen the bullet hole in the woman's window. 

    "I think about it all the time," Officer Michael Kocanda said. "Could she have been there a day? It's just...I don't kow. Maybe she was praying when we found her." 

    Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call CPD Area South detectives.