Arrow tears through Encinitas home's window panes

Posted at 6:43 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 21:43:22-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - In one Encinitas neighborhood, there is a growing unease, after an alarming discovery inside a bedroom.

On Vanessa Circle on Saturday afternoon, Gretchen Schmidt and her husband heard a noise, then found an arrow on their bedroom floor.

It was about 18 to 20 inches long with a metal tip. Brett Scott, owner of Willow Creek Archery, identified it as crossbow bolt, which can travel up to a quarter mile at high speeds.

The bolt pierced a screen, two glass panes and blinds, before landing feet from the bed.                

If you line up the holes, you can see the bolt's flight path: from above the backyard fence. Below is a slope, trees, homes and a street.