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FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – There was a big scare for a married couple in Festus: multiple shots fired into their home as they slept.

The victims spoke with News11 about being awakened by bullets.

They asked that we not use their names.

The husband and wife were very lucky, police said.

This attack came one week after someone shot into a Ferguson home and killed Jamyla Bolden, 9.

“(I) heard 2 pops, 3 pops.  Next thing I get up and I can hear the glass making a really weird popping noise,” the female resident said.

When she got to the windows on the front of her house, her eyes confirmed what made no sense to her ears:  four bullets fired into her home, shaking her and her husband from their sleep between 2:00 and 2:30 Tuesday morning in the house on Scenic drive they just finished building about 7 months ago.

“It almost seems like it’s an intent, I would think to let us know they’re aware or we should be aware that something’s wrong…I don’t know … just to let us know ‘we’re watching you’,” she said.

“I shouldn’t have to explain the dangers of shooting into a house with a gun.  That should speak for itself,” Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said with Bolden’s death still very much on everyone’s minds.  “Some people they don’t care.  They don’t hold life in high regard.”

5 to 10 shots may have been fired, police said.

Investigators weren’t sure if the shooter was in a car or on foot.  No one was hurt. The victims’ two dogs seemed to sleep through the attack.

The victims estimated the damage at $3,000 or more.

No witnesses had yet come forward.  Police knew of no possible motive, Wednesday.

“It’s something that worries us all, to have this happen…We really want to find out who did it.  There’s no excuse, no reason, nothing,” Lewis said.

“It’s not the loss of the windows or anything.  It’s just ‘who’ and ‘why’,” said the victim.

Investigators have recovered bullet fragments and casings that may have fingerprint or DNA evidence.  They're checking surveillance cameras from nearby homes and businesses.  But the house sits by itself.  There are no next-door neighbors.  So, investigators are asking anyone with any information to call Festus Police at 636-937-3646.