They came close to death in the middle of their sleep in Forest: a stray bullet passed through their room, “it could have been dramatic”

We didn’t understand right away, we thought something had hit the window or something had violently fallen into the room.” Finally the couple found the remains of the bullet on the doorstep.

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First instinct, they call the police. Three cars arrive at their house. Questioned by the agents, neighbors up at that time confirmed having heard “several gunshots”. And on closer inspection, on the floor below, another impact marked the wall of the rear facade.

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The shots came from Bempt Park, more precisely from a small rural clearing which contains a wetland between a few vegetable gardens.

They came close to death in the middle of their sleep: in Forest, a stray bullet passes through their room...
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The bullets therefore passed through the undergrowth and throughout the garden before lodging themselves in the walls of the Forestois. On site, no shell casing was found according to the information transmitted to Pierre and Nathalie.

They came close to death in the middle of their sleep: in Forest, a stray bullet passes through their room...
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They came close to death in the middle of their sleep: in Forest, a stray bullet passes through their room...
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“We are within firing range”

After the ballistics expert’s visit, the trauma remains. “We think about it as soon as we enter the room or want to go onto the terrace. We are within firing range. We know very well that we were not directly targeted but I, an hour earlier, got up to go to the toilet. My head went to the level where the ball finished its course. It could have been dramatic”, develops Pierre. “Deadlyadds his wife. There is a playground a few meters away, two schools in the area. It’s a public park. If it starts pulling…”

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Isolation

In this very green and calm living environment, the incident stands out but does not surprise the couple so much. “During the day, there are a lot of people walking their dogs and families coming to play with their children. But in the evening when everyone is at home, the park remains open to everyone and we have groups who come to sit and listen to music.” Apart from noise pollution, “we have already found stolen motorbikes here, we also find shopping carts, all kinds of things.”

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The couple then wonders about what to do next. “We sent an email to the municipality to explain the situation to them. This little clearing should be closed in the evening, perhaps with gates. We know that if someone wants to return they can always do so, but it will be a deterrent. The park is large enough to allow this small isolated space to be closed at night.” The couple is preparing a petition with neighbors who also suffer from these nuisances. “We are waiting for concrete answers, not a pat on the back saying: it will be fine.”

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Vacancy period requires, the municipality is slowing down but assures that it will quickly contact the victims to hear them. “The neighborhood is not one of the hot spots listed in Forest but all requests from citizens are always taken into account,” assures the mayor’s office. On the police or prosecution side, no response has yet been given to us.

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Which doesn’t stop some people from getting impatient. In the couple’s street, a neighbor informed of our passage asks: “if in the case of this affair, we have to wait for the mayor to return from vacation to react, how can we explain that a story of torn down election posters causes such rapid and urgent reactions…” “What’s the point of having acting mayors then”, adds Pierre. As a reminder, posters of certain Ecolo, PS and Les Engagés candidates from diversity were targeted at the start of the week by acts of racist vandalism. Complaints have been filed.

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