ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Florencio Gonzales was trying to get into his house on the west side near Central and Yucca when all of a sudden he heard an unusually loud noise.
“I just heard boom,” said Gonzales. That boom was from a bullet he found.
“It just freaked me out because I have PTSD from the military,” said Gonzales. Florencio is counting his blessings because that bullet could’ve taken his life.
He says it hit the concrete, ricocheted into the wall before rolling to a stop near his feet.
“The good thing is, it slowed it down. I think I would’ve gotten hit,” said Gonzales
He said his neighborhood is safe and has never experienced any danger. It’s only a couple blocks from Pat Hurley Park, a place where gunshots and gang problems became so common the city put up crime cameras.
Now because of this one experience, Florencio is having a change of heart.
“It’s scary. It’s scary. I mean, I’m afraid to be outside,” said Gonzales. He’s not having an easy time of it indoors either.
“I haven’t been able to sleep at all, man. I was awake all night long and I have to get some rest to play pickle ball,” said Gonzales.
All he can do is be thankful that he wasn’t in the wrong spot.
“It freaked me out. I didn’t know what to think. If it didn’t ricochet, I wouldn’t be here right now,” said Gonzales.