A Lee County woman says her car was shot at on a busy south Fort Myers road while her two young nieces were in the backseat.
It happened Sunday on US-41 south of Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
She said her windows were shattered and now, she’s afraid to drive in that area.
“I was pretty upset; I’m not going to lie. I kept thinking how to use to the different road, had I gone a little slower,” said Merilyn Ramos.
Deputies told her had the window been all the way down, she could have been struck in the neck.
“In the way it hit, it would’ve aimed at my neck or torso.”
Her nieces, ages 3 and 4, were yelling in fear when it happened.
“The little girls, they were scared. They were just like what’s going on because they screamed.”
Ramos said she heard a big bang right after passing the Jamaica Bay community.
“You hear what sounds like a burst or something breaking, and I didn’t quite realize that it was my window until I turn and I seen it and I see the hole, and I’m like oh my God.”
She said she was terrified to see what looked like a bullet hole, shattering her driver’s side window.
Deputies believe she was randomly shot at by a BB or pellet gun.
“What if there is somebody out there just shooting at random cars or people?” she asked.
She said she wants investigators to find whoever shot at her, fearing someone else may get hurt.
“As long as it hit the window, it didn’t harm me. Didn’t stop me from getting home to my kid, I can deal with it. It’s OK… I mean it’s not OK but…”
After the shooting, deputies searched a wooded area nearby with K-9s and a chopper but didn’t find anything or anyone.
Get More: About pellet guns
If it was a pellet gun that shot at her window, that’s still scary because those pellets can be almost as dangerous as a gun’s bullets.
Pellets can reach velocities of more than 1,000 feet per second. That’s about half the speed of a bullet but nearly four times as fast as a paintball.
Anything past 350 feet per second can be deadly.