Fitchburg Police
Fitchburg Police Department

A stray bullet skimmed over a woman and child sleeping in a Fitchburg house late Monday morning, police said.

The bullet struck a house in the 2800 block of Smithfield Drive around 11:15 a.m., according to Fitchburg Police. A hole on the exterior showed where it entered the home.

The projectile continued to travel through the headboard of a bed where the two were sleeping, police said. It hit a VCR on a dresser and was found lodged inside an interior wall, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

There have been several cases in the Madison area over the past six months in which stray bullets have entered bedrooms or nearly missed those in homes.

A 6-year-old boy was asleep in a different bedroom, and no one was injured.

On the same October night, bullets passed through the bedrooms of two Madison apartments on the South Side while the sleeping residents were unharmed, according to police.

Police said a man bedding down in a camper in Downtown Madison was nearly struck when a bullet passed under his bed by inches in September.

And two Southwest Side homes with children in them were hit with gunfire in July, Madison police said.

Separately on Monday, Fitchburg police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the early morning hours.

The report came in around 12:25 a.m. on the 2800 block of King James Way, but nothing was located, police said.

Anyone with information on the Fitchburg incidents is asked to call either the police department at 608-270-4300 or the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.


Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.