'Heartbreaking': Norwalk woman whose cat was fatally shot says family is devastated, scared

A Norwalk woman whose cat was killed when her home was sprayed with gunfire this weekend says her family is not only heartbroken, but also scared.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2021, 12:12 AM

Updated 1,077 days ago

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A Norwalk woman whose cat was killed when her home was sprayed with gunfire this weekend says her family is not only heartbroken, but also scared.
Cali the cat died in her owner's arms after someone shot at the family's condo Sunday night. It happened around 11:15 p.m. at Maple View Common on West Main Street.
Cali's owner, who asked not be identified, was awake in bed when she heard what she thought were fireworks, followed by a thump.
"I came out to the living room to see what it was. It was the cat on the floor. She was kind of like flailing all over the floor. I just tried to control her. I thought she was having a seizure, and then I realized she was bleeding, so I realized that they were gunshots, not fireworks," Cali's owner says.
The woman's teenage son and boyfriend were also home, but asleep.
"I just started screaming. There was just debris all over the living room and blood, and I looked up and I saw holes all over the walls," she recalls.
The bullet went through a window and killed the cat. The cat had been sleeping in a chair on the other side of the window just as she always did -- in the same chair where the woman's 13-year-old son often sits in to play video games.
"It's just heartbreaking. People are just heartless, they really are. No consideration of who's living where and they could've seriously hurt a person. I mean, we're devastated because we've had our cat for 15 years, but it could've been worse," the woman says.
Norwalk police are now trying to figure out who was behind the shooting and why.
"Investigators are looking into every possibility at this point. We're taking information from the public, we're gathering evidence and piecing things together," Sgt. Sophia Gulino says.
Police are looking into the possibility it could be related to other recent incidents of gun violence.
On May 20, a 19-year-old was shot to death at Colonial Village. Then on June 4, a drive-by shooting at Meadow Gardens sent one person to the hospital.
In this case, the people who live at the condo are physically OK, but mentally traumatized, mourning their cat and wondering if their neighborhood is safe.
Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Detective Collins at 203-854-3191 or by email at bcollins@norwalkct.org.
You can leave information anonymously by calling the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111.
Anonymous internet tips can be sent through the Norwalk Police website at www.norwalkpd.com.
And you can submit an anonymous tip through text by typing "NORWALKPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to TIP411 (847411).


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