Marie Walker of North Memphis said waking up to the sounds of her 6-year-old daughter is much more preferable than what took just after midnight New Year's morning.
She noticed a bullet hole in her Calvert Avenue apartment bedroom wall.
"I grabbed my daughter immediately because she was laying behind me," Walker told FOX13 News.
It was dark and Walker was confused, but quickly realized something was hot near her ear.
A bullet landed on the bed where Walker and her daughter were sleeping moments before.
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"When I woke up I came straight to the window and I opened it," Walker said.
She looked out her apartment window and noticed a handful of bystanders standing below her.
Police officers who were called to investigate determined that the round was most likely fired from outside the apartment from the ground below.
Walker said on the trajectory of the bullet hole, she believes it must have come from someone standing on the ground and shot upwards toward the apartment.
"I understand they were shooting. It was New Year's," Walker said. "People are suppose to have they fun, but it's about safety when you're around an area with children in the first place. You have to have a clear mind to understand what goes up, comes down."
Officers also determined the round was fired from a lower level due to the diagonal angle of the hole in the wall.
The bullet, later determined from a .32 caliber handgun, came through the wall of Walker's second floor bedroom, near the top of the wall. Walker said she knows if the bullet would have come through the middle of the wall, there may have been a different outcome.
"I probably wouldn't be standing up here talking to you today," she said. "Like I said, my child behind me, it was me that was going to get hit. That's fine, that's good that it didn't happen."
The Walkers have lived in the apartment for the past four months, yet she said this whole thing has triggered her to search for a new apartment.
This was not how she planned to start 2013.
"I mean it's 2013, I could have been laying in bed dead," Walker said. "A bullet just came through my wall. I'm grateful for everything, my life right now and my child, because worse could have happened."
The bullet was recovered from the bed by the police officers, tagged, and logged at 201 Polar Ave. downtown.
No one was injured and police are investigating the incident.
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