FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Florida man allegedly taking target practice inside his apartment nearly shot several neighbors as they slept, authorities say.

Ivan Bakh, 61, of Cape Coral was arrested after police found he had fired a handgun inside his apartment Sunday morning, with the round traveling just over the heads of sleeping neighbors in a next-door apartment.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Cape Coral police responded to the apartment and spoke with a couple who said they awoke to a loud bang and saw a large hole in the headboard of their bed.

Another hole could be seen in the dresser mirror at the foot of their bed.

After getting up to investigate, they saw a hole in the adjacent living room and an additional hole in the far wall of the living room.

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NRA stickers on a window at an apartment building on Skyline Boulevard where a resident resident of the building was arrested Sunday after Cape Coral police said he shot at a target in his unit with a 9mm handgun, narrowly missing two people sleeping next door.
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After officers spoke with Bakh, the couple's neighbor, they noticed a large hole in the wall leading to the couple's apartment.

Police found a target composed of multiple books taped together and drawn on with a red marker on the wall in Bakh's apartment adjacent to the couple's apartment.

The multiple-book target was shot with three rounds and appeared to have been penetrated by one or more of the rounds. A 9 mm bullet casing was found in a hallway between the bathroom and the bedroom of Bakh's residence, police said.

Police said they found a safe containing a 9mm Glock handgun with rounds inside the magazine matching the spent casing found inside the residence. 

Bakh was charged with firing a weapon in public and shooting into a dwelling. He was released Tuesday on $10,000 bail.

Contributing: Sarah Jarvis of the News Press, The Associated Press. Follow MichaelBraun on Twitter: @MichaelBraunNP