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Bullets from celebratory gunfire narrowly misses Independence couple inside home

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Christopher and Kayla Arlint say intoxicated suspects were firing celebratory shots just after midnight about a block from their home on Norwood Avenue. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5 News) Christopher and Kayla Arlint say intoxicated suspects were firing celebratory shots just after midnight about a block from their home on Norwood Avenue. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5 News)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

An Independence couple that is expecting a baby boy in February is thankful bullets that pierced their home missed them on New Year's Eve.

Christopher and Kayla Arlint say intoxicated suspects were firing celebratory shots just after midnight about a block from their home on Norwood Avenue.

They called the police for help after a bullet came through their front window. Soon, they learned their home had been hit three times.

The Arlints spent New Year’s Eve relaxing on their couch watching the ball drop on television. Suddenly, their quiet evening took a dangerous turn.

“We were sitting in the exact same positions when I notice out of the corner of my eye the blinds and the covers to my window actually move," Christopher Arlint said.

“I heard it. I said that's a bullet that went through the window," Kayla Arlint said.

The couple took cover.

“We hit the ground. We went downstairs and got against our brick wall and that's when we called 911,” Christopher Arlint said.

"I was fearing for our lives. If it hit a little lower ... I'm sitting right in front of the window. It could have hit me. The trauma of it could have sent me into early labor," Kayla Arlint said.

Video shows police trying to communicate with the suspects Sunday night.

“They had to call in the SWAT team. They had to surround the place. I guess they shut the lights off and tried to act like no one was home,” Christopher Arlint said.

In addition to a large bullet hole in their front window, at least two more bullets hit the family’s home.

“The two shots that hit the side of my home could have pierced my whole wall and gone into my baby's crib,” Christopher Arlint said.

The couple hopes sharing their story will stop someone else from making the dangerous decision to fire celebratory gunshots.

"Especially drinking, it's not a mix. No one should be drinking and handling a firearm,” Christopher Arlint said.

The couple says police officers told them they took seven suspects into custody during their investigation.

The Arlints say they can’t thank those officers enough for quickly stopping the gunfire near their home.

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