Bullet tears through home of pregnant mom and kids

No one hurt by bullet fired from nearby Lowell-area property

Kerri Brocker
A bullet hole in Kerri Brocker's Lowell-area home. (Nov. 21, 2016)


LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A pregnant woman says a bullet fired by a hunter on a nearby property struck her house, piercing four walls while she and her children were inside.

“I started shaking. That’s when I called the sheriff and said, ‘Someone shot through our house,'” Kerri Brocker recalled.

A bullet hole in Kerri Brocker's Lowell-area home. (Nov. 21, 2016)
A bullet hole in Kerri Brocker’s Lowell-area home. (Nov. 21, 2016)

Brocker lives in a subdivision off M-21, west of the village of Lowell. The gunfire came from a nearby wooded area. Though that area is surrounded by homes, it appears hunting there is legal, 24 Hour News 8 learned.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says the shot was fired just before 11 a.m. Sunday and entered the home through the back. It flew over the crib where Brocker’s unborn daughter will sleep and then went into the master bedroom, where she had just been folding laundry. It cut through a shirt she had hung only 10 minutes before.

“There’s like nine holes going through the shirt. And it shot through, it broke part of the closet bracket and then it came out the front,” Brocker said.

A bullet hole in Kerri Brocker's Lowell-area home. (Nov. 21, 2016)
A bullet hole in Kerri Brocker’s Lowell-area home. (Nov. 21, 2016)

She and her two sons, both of whom under the age of 5, were home when it happened. She thinks a higher power protected them from injury.

“God was definitely looking over us, because I had to leave at 11 to meet someone that I was originally supposed to meet Friday. She was like, ‘Is it OK if we reschedule.’ I said, ‘Definitely.’ Had I not, I still would have been down here (where the bullet hit),” she said.

She said her family, though unharmed, is shaken up.

“Our oldest asked if he was safe in his room last night. I mean, I told him that he was, but you know, you’re scared,” she said. “What if someone was back there again and missed their target?”

The sheriff’s office said it found the hunter responsible on the nearby nine-acre property.

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According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the property owner can allow hunting as long as shots are fired at least 450 feet from any home. A gun expert told 24 Hour News 8 any hunting rifle is lethal at 2,100 feet — about five times the limit imposed by the state.

The nearby property from which Kerri Brocker thinks the bullet came. (Nov. 21, 2016)
The nearby property from which the bullet came. (Nov. 21, 2016)

24 Hour News 8 tracked down the man who owns the land, who lives elsewhere.

He said he hasn’t given anyone permission to go hunting on his property using a firearm. He said both of the people who have permission to hunt on his property use bows, not guns.

The prosecutor’s office is now reviewing the case to determine what charges, if any, the hunter will face.