A local couple was enjoying a quiet evening in their backyard on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, when a loud noise from their baby monitor sent them running to their children’s beds to see what was wrong. Everything seemed perfectly safe, but the next morning they were shocked to discover what appeared to be bullet holes in their living room window.
Ashley Taylor and Kyle Davison live with their three children, ages six, one and six months, on Bath Road in Kingston’s west end, between the Bayridge and Henderson Place neighbourhoods.
“My spouse and I were just sitting in the backyard, having our little downtime before we go to bed. And all of a sudden we had this loud noise that came through our baby monitor. So we panicked,” said Taylor. “We went and checked on the children, they were perfectly fine, so we didn’t think anything of it; we just thought maybe it was something that was outside and had nothing to do with our home.”
“And then the next morning we wake up, I opened the curtains and I’m like, ‘What the heck is in our window?’” She said. noting she could see a hole that penetrated the outside of the double-paned glass. “So, I went outside to see if I could see anything on the ground, any evidence of anything laying around.”
There was nothing that she could see that might have caused the impact.
“And then my spouse went out and looked, and he noticed the second one in the window.”
The couple was doubly shocked that there was not one but two holes in the glass, Taylor conveyed.
“It was obviously some type of gun that was used, but we couldn’t find anything, no BB, no pellet gun, whatever it was,” she said, explaining it was terrifying, “specially when your children are in your house, too.”
When they called the police for assistance, however, “They didn’t seem surprised, panicked or anything. They didn’t even come out,” Taylor said, noting it was “very strange. we just had to do an online report and submit our own photos, and that was the end of it. We never spoke to them again. They didn’t even come here to investigate.”
That has left the couple upset and confused, she said, “We’ve got to get the window fixed. So are we supposed to just go ahead and fix it?”
The whole thing has left Taylor rattled and frustrated.
“If it’s a random person [shooting at my windows], who else is going to be next? It wasn’t like it was just a little spray paint vandalism. It was dangerous. And to be honest, it doesn’t look like [Kingston Police] are even going to follow up.”
According to Kingston Police, the couple only submitted an online report of the incident, however, Taylor asserts that they were instructed to do so when they initially called police. On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 — over two weeks since the incident took place — Kingston Police confirmed that the incident report was filed online, but said it appeared as though the complaint had yet to be assigned to an officer for follow up. Police then indicated they would have the matter assigned to the appropriate department to have the matter looked into.