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PCSP: Bullet fired by target shooting couple misses neighbor 1,800 feet away

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A Union Township couple shooting pistols in their backyard without a backstop is facing a possible charge of criminal recklessness after one of their shots struck a home 1,800 feet away, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to police, at 5:20 p.m. Thursday a woman residing in 300 block of Pepper Creek Drive reported a bullet strike to her front glass storm door window. The round shattered the window, spraying glass in her face, then hit a wall inside, police said. Further investigation indicated that the round had first struck a concrete sidewalk on a downward trajectory, “causing it to skip and bounce upward through the door and into wall.”

The woman advised police that the bullet must have missed her by only 12 inches and missed two children playing outside by only a few feet.

Officers subsequently made contact with a couple, a 67-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man residing in the 400 block of Ind. 149, who advised that they had been target shooting at a watermelon--one with a 9mm handgun, the other with a .22 caliber handgun--and that they had each fired three magazines. They had not been using a backstop because, as one of them said, “that he did not think that the bullets would be able to travel far enough to hit anything beyond the field” in the back of their home.

“Both suspects were extremely apologetic and remorseful of their action,” both “agreed they had made a big mistake and had no intention of causing any harm,” and were “glad” when officers took their firearms into custody, police said.

The PCSP has forwarded its report of the incident to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review of a possible charge of criminal recklessness.



Posted 6/7/2013