residents are facing a possible charge of criminal recklessness after the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that they struck a vehicle and a house
while target shooting in Jackson Township on Monday.
police, at 1:38 p.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 200 east
block of C.R. 650N after a resident reported that he’d found two bullet
holes in the siding of his home, 12 to 15 feet off the ground. The resident
advised police that subjects had been shooting in the field south of his
home for the past hour but he’d initially “assumed the subjects were doing
it in a safe manner.”
At roughly the same
time a Jackson Township resident traveling on C.R. 650N reported that his
vehicle had been struck by a bullet, on the bottom half of the passenger’s
resident of the 200 east block of C.R. 650N reported that for some time he’d
been hearing gunshots from the field south of his home, when he suddenly
heard a “whizzing sound near him,” then a second whizzing sound, and he “saw
the dirt and plants move just a few feet” from him. The man dropped to the
ground, crawled back to his residence, and called 911.
officer subsequently made contact with a man and woman sitting on the deck
of a residence directly south of the two homes on C.R. 650. The man advised
that he and the woman had each shot about 50 rounds, using a pair of plastic
barrels as targets. The officer found no proper backstop, however, and
observed that the barrels themselves were empty, “just two hollow plastic
drums” with “numerous bullet holes in them,” police said.
Both subjects “were
very apologetic and stated that they had no idea their shots could travel
that far,” police said.
The PCSP is asking
the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to charge the couple with criminal
recklessness, a Level 5 felony punishable by a term of one to six years.