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PCSP: Target shooters hit vehicle and house in Jackson Twp

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Two Valparaiso 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.

According to 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 side door.

Then another 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.

The investigating 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.


Posted 9/5/2017





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