Pregnant Colorado mom Kendall Heinold is shot through a window while sleeping next to her husband – after stray bullet barely missed her five-year-old daughter’s head

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Kendall Heinold, 27, a care home manager, was struck in the shoulder Thursday
  • The pregnant Colorado mom said she and her husband woke to gunfire 
  • A bullet also barely missed her young daughter sleeping in the next room

A pregnant Colorado woman was shot as she slept beside her husband – while a stray bullet barely missed their five-year-old daughter’s head. 

Kendall Heinold, 27, a care home manager, cried as she recalled the night her family woke up to the sound of gunfire in their Aurora home Thursday morning. 

‘There was just a really loud noise and then a lot of pain on my left side,’ she told Fox8. 

‘My husband was sleeping next to me, and he got up and was like, “Did you hear that?” because it was so loud. 

‘And I just looked at him and was like, “Babe, call 911, I just got shot.”‘

Kendall Heinold, 27, a care home manager, cried as she recalled the night her family woke up to the sound of gunfire in their Colorado home Thursday morning

Heinold was shot as she slept beside her husband in their Aurora  home in the early hours of Thursday morning - while a stray bullet barely missed their five-year-old daughter

Heinold was shot as she slept beside her husband in their Aurora  home in the early hours of Thursday morning – while a stray bullet barely missed their five-year-old daughter

Aurora Police said they believed the bullet traveled hundreds of feet over a green space at the back of the family's home before striking through the walls

Aurora Police said they believed the bullet traveled hundreds of feet over a green space at the back of the family’s home before striking through the walls

Heinold was rushed to hospital, where doctors found a bullet lodged in her left shoulder. Since she was 16 weeks pregnant, medics left the shell in her rather than risk placing her under anesthesia for surgery. 

The family later found a bullet hole in the bedroom of their children – aged five and six – showing the trajectory before it hit Heinold. 

Aurora Police said they believed the bullet traveled hundreds of feet over a green space at the back of the family’s home before striking through the walls. 

‘The bullet missed my five-year-old daughter’s head by like a foot and went through their room, through my closet, and into my pregnancy pillow,’ Heinold said. 

‘The pregnancy pillow, honestly, I think is what saved my life because it went in through the side, and my arm was on top of it. 

‘So the bullet changed trajectory when it hit my pillow.’

The Colorado mom broke down in tears as she said she was grateful that her had family survived the incident, which could have been much worse

 The Colorado mom broke down in tears as she said she was grateful that her had family survived the incident, which could have been much worse

The Colorado mom-of-two, who is soon expecting another child, said she believes her pregnancy pillow changed the trajectory of the bullet and saved her life

The Colorado mom-of-two, who is soon expecting another child, said she believes her pregnancy pillow changed the trajectory of the bullet and saved her life 

The bullet struck through the walls of their family home in Aurora, Colorado, on Thursday

The bullet struck through the walls of their family home in Aurora, Colorado, on Thursday

Heinold (right) was rushed to hospital, where doctors found a bullet lodged in her left shoulder. Since she was 16 weeks pregnant, medics left the shell in her rather than risk placing her under anesthesia for surgery

Heinold (right) was rushed to hospital, where doctors found a bullet lodged in her left shoulder. Since she was 16 weeks pregnant, medics left the shell in her rather than risk placing her under anesthesia for surgery

Heinold broke down in tears as she said she was grateful that her had family survived the incident, which could have been much worse. 

‘I don’t think I was targeted. I don’t think this was intentional, but I think people need to know when a gun is shot, the bullet goes somewhere,’ she said. 

‘That bullet traveled somewhere and it ended up coming into my home, and it hit me. 

‘So, luckily, it missed my children and my baby and my dog and my husband, but ended up in my arm – which I think is best case scenario but still scary.’ 

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