Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 22, 2008

052208 Gunshot Through Wall Injures Woman

052208 Gunshot Through Wall Injures Woman

    Boise, May 22, 2008 - Boise Police are investigating a gunshot fired in one apartment that went through a wall and injured a woman in the apartment next door.

    No arrests have been made. As the investigation continues, detectives expect to write the report and refer it to prosecutors for review on what, if any charges may be filed. Information given to Boise Police indicates the victim will be treated and released from a nearby hospital for the injury.

    "Firearms need to be handled carefully, no matter the location or the reason," said Sgt. Rod Likes of the Boise Police Valley Patrol division. "Fortunately the victim does not have life threatening injuries, but intentional or not, when guns go off, they often hurt people, or worse. No one wants to be the one injured or the one responsible."

    What Happened: At about 8:28 this morning Boise Police were called to the 300 blk of Hale St. after a man called police dispatch reporting he had unintentionally fired a .45 caliber handgun inside his apartment. As officers were on their way to the address, a second call came into dispatch from a woman requesting medical assistance saying she had been hit by what appeared to be a bullet that had come through the wall her apartment shares with an adjacent apartment. 

    Officers upgraded to an emergency response with lights and sirens. When they arrived on scene, officers and paramedics found a woman with what appeared to be a non-life threatening gun shot injury. The woman told officers she was alone in the bedroom of her apartment when she was injured.

    Exactly how and why the gun fired is still under investigation. Again, no one has been charged with any crime at this time, pending a review of the case by prosecutors.