Mesquite Police

Woman Struck by Gunfire While Sleeping in Mesquite Home: Police

Police said the woman was not the target of the shooting, but a bystander struck by gunfire while sleeping in her room

What to Know

  • Mesquite Police are trying to identify the suspect(s) involved in an early morning shooting on Sunday.
  • The shooting occurred in the 2600 block of Franklin Dr. and injured a woman while she slept in her home.
  • If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers.

Police in Mesquite need help identifying the people responsible for an early morning shooting on Sunday that left one woman with serious injuries. 

Police responded at about 1:50 a.m. to the 2600 block of Franklin Drive for a drive-by shooting. Police said multiple gunshots were fired into three adjacent townhomes. 

In one of the homes, a 46-year-old woman was struck in the head by gunfire while she was asleep, police said.

The woman was rushed to a Dallas hospital and remains in serious condition. Police said she was not the intended target of the shooting.

Next door, Deborah Laird heard the gunfire, but didn't realize her home had been struck until police came in to investigate. 

Inside they found where one bullet traveled from her neighbor's apartment, through her kitchen and out of her dining room wall into another unit beside her.

Upstairs, a hole in her window sat just a foot or so above where her head had laid while she was asleep. That bullet ended up lodged in the ceiling.

"It's a very traumatic time for all of us. I don't know what would make someone do something like that," Laird said.

Laird said she now planned to move as soon as she can find a new home. 

The Mesquite Police Department seeks the assistance of the public in identifying the person or persons responsible for a shooting, which resulted in the serious injury of a Mesquite woman. On Sunday, January 6th at about 1:50 a.m., Mesquite Police were called to the 2600 block of Franklin Drive in reference to a drive-by shooting. Multiple gunshots were fired into three adjacent townhomes at this location.  In one of the townhomes, a 46 year-old female was struck in the head as she slept in her bed, by a round that penetrated the wall of her bedroom.  The injured woman was transported to a Dallas hospital where she is listed in serious condition.  She is not believed to be the target of the shooting. 
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5000.00 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense. If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS; or contact Mesquite Police at 972-285-6336

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the identifying and arrest of suspects involved. If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS or the Mesquite Police Department.

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