Rifle shell casings on baby's food tray
ROSEVILLE, CA - Angela Miller says she's ready to forgive the man who fired rifle shots through a bedroom wall while her son, his wife and 15-month-old daughter lay on the floor on the other side.
"We know that you'd have to be in a bad place to do this to a family," Miller said.
Miller offered a tour of the home she shares with her son's family-- the house chosen apparently at random by Samuel Duran to make his stand against pursuing officers Friday afternoon.
A total of six federal and local law enforcement officers were wounded during the seige. One remained hospitalized Monday.
Miller said she was told by her son the couple immediately barricaded themselves and their daughter in the baby's bedroom when they heard that a gunman was running through the neighborhood.
"They heard him enter the house and they called 911," she said.
Miller said that after about an hour in the house, Duran seemed annoyed by the baby's persistent crying and started shooting into the bedroom.
"He opened fire through the wall, down low, where my family was laying," she said.
Miller said her son didn't feel it was safe to try to climb out the window until about two hours later when they smelled natural gas from the kitchen range.
"He and his wife made a choice not to blow up with their home," she said.
Miller said Duran apparently heard the bedroom window open and burst into the room to confront her son.
"(My son) spit in his face to get his attention so that he wouldn't look at his wife and child getting out of the window," she said.
A SWAT team led the family to safety, she says, and police refrained from firing on the house until they were gone.
The house on Hampton Drive is a mess of broken glass, blood-soaked floor and carpet -- and, of course, bullet holes.
Miller says family plans to return after repairs are made and is praying for Duran.
"We hold no grudge against anyone," she said. "I'm just grateful my family is alive."
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net