Stray bullet smashes through windshield – The London Free Press



The man whose car was struck by a stray bullet during a weekend shooting in east London is rattled but relieved things didn’t turn out worse.

Bob Copland’s wife’s car is in the repair shop after a bullet went through the driver’s side window of the red Pontiac G8, ricocheted off the windshield and smashed through the corner of the dashboard on the passenger side.

Police say two vehicles were driving around Parkhurst and Shepherd avenues, near Dundas and Third streets, when the shots rang out 2:45 a.m. Officers are looking for a black, four-door Infiniti sedan with tinted windows they believe fired at the other vehicle.

Copland didn’t see the late night altercation – the sixth shooting in London in the last four months – but he certainly heard it.

“I heard bang, bang-bang-bang and I sat up in bed,” Copland said.

He didn’t get up to see what happened and went back to sleep instead. Copland said he’d been watching police television shows the night before.

“I thought I might have been imagining it,” he said of the shots he heard outside around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

When police knocked on the door at round 8:30 a.m. Sunday he learned what happened and saw his wife’s damaged vehicle.

Bob Copland’s car was struck by a bullet when several shots were fired from a vehicle on Shepherd Avenue in London on Sunday. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press

Copland is relieved no one was hurt. His wife is typically out until around 2 a.m. on Saturday nights, but came home early this time by chance.

“It could have been worse,” he said.

The bullet came to rest in the dashboard of the G8 and police spent Sunday morning fishing it out of the car, Copland said.

“If it had have gone through the window, it would have hit the quarter panel of my truck,” he said.

London police released an image of the vehicle believed to have been involved in Sunday’s shooting.

After a few break-ins over his 24 years on Shepherd Avenue, Copland installed a security camera. He handed the memory card over to police, he said.

He never thought his cul de sac would become the scene of a shooting.

“I thought this was a nice quiet little street, and it usually is,” he said. “This is just crazy.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call London police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Other 2018 shootings: 

March 4: Shots fired near Clifford and Victoria streets, damaging a home and vehicle. Man and two women charged.
March 15: Shotgun blast blew out glass of front door of a unit at a Marconi Boulevard complex. Man charged.
April 28: A shot was fired through an apartment door on Ernest Avenue. Two men were arrested.
June 5: Man shot in wrist after three men forced their way into a Huron Street townhouse
June 10: Multiple gunshots reported near Oxford and Third streets. One man arrested, second man sought by police.