EMU student talks about being shot in off-campus apartment while sleeping

YPSILANTI (WXYZ) - "It's just scary because it happened to me," said 23-year-old Eastern Michigan University student Destinee Leapheart after she was released from the hospital Wednesday with a bullet still lodged in her left shoulder. "I wasn't doing anything to put me in danger. I was sleeping."

Leapheart was shot around 1:30 Tuesday morning in her Peninsular Place apartment which is located off-campus.

Peninsular Place is the same apartment complex where Julia Niswender, another EMU student, was found dead in her bathtub. Her death in December 2012 was ruled a homicide and the case remains unsolved.

Annette Leapheart, Destinee's mother, told Action News that she didn't want her daughter "to move in there in the first place after what happened with the other girl (Niswender)."

Ypsilanti Police are now trying to find out who fired the round that penetrated the wall of Leapheart's apartment. She and her roommate have not returned to the apartment other than to gather their belongings.

"I've always felt safe on campus," said EMU senior Thomas Bawden who went on to say, "But off-campus I've felt less safe."

Bawden also resides at Peninsular Place apartments and says after Leapheart was shot early Tuesday, management sent an email to residents indicating that they were going to be installing security cameras.

Bawden says they were also told that security will be ramped up until Thursday. "I don't see what good that does," said Bawden. "Girl got shot so we are going to have increased security for three days?"

Leapheart now plans on living in a dorm on campus.

Action News contacted management for Peninsular Place apartments, but they have not responded.


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