The members of one township family are lucky to have not been in the path of the bullet that pierced their Eisenhower Court home during a botched armed robbery Friday night, according to police.
Officials investigating the Friday night incident said that Giovanni's Pizzeria owner Giovanni Raffo was approached by two men attempting to rob him in his driveway and at some point during the confrontation a gun in was fired.
Law enforcement officials this week located the bullet, which had shot through the upstairs window of the intended victim's home, through the bedroom of his son and then through the ceiling, eventually coming to rest after hitting an attic beam.
Raffo's son was not in the bedroom at the time of the incident, but members of the Raffo family were in the house when the shot was fired, police said.
"It's extremely fortunate that there was no death or serious bodily injury as the result of this careless act during a violent crime," said Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox in a statement Monday. "Anyone in that room at the time could have been a victim."
It's not immediately clear who fired the Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, which was later recovered on the property of a nearby home, according to police.
Cops also haven't determined whether the gun was fired at Raffo but missed, or if it was fired in an attempt to scare him or went off accidentally.
The serial number had been filed off the revolver and both men deny ownership of the gun, according to Fox.
The three individuals arrested — Luis Diaz, 21, and Jose Hidalgo, 27, both of Paterson, and Nicole Gorter, 18, of North Haledon — remain incarcerated in Bergen County Jail in default of $100,000 bail each.
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