Couple target shooting at watermelons almost hits neighbor
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent June 7, 2013 12:26PM
Updated: July 9, 2013 6:11AM
Porter County prosecutors are considering whether to charge a couple, ages 67 and 72, with criminal recklessness for target shooting at watermelons without a backstop.
A stray bullet went through the front storm door of a house in the 300 block of Pepper Creek Drive, northwest of Valparaiso, spraying a resident’s face with glass. She told police glass got in her eye but refused medical treatment at scene. The bullet appeared to have come from an empty field, struck the sidewalk in front of the house, ricochetted up into the door, crossed the room and got stuck in the far wall.
Police said the bullet passed less than 12 inches away from the 38-year-old victim, and two small children were outside playing nearby around the same time.
Officers followed the trajectory of the bullet and located two suspects, of the 400 block of Indiana 149, who admitted to target shooting in the direction of the victim’s home from about 1,800 feet away to the south. They had shot three magazines out of both a .22 caliber Walther semi-automatic pistol and a 9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol.
Police described the couple, who willingly turned their guns over to police, as extremely remorseful.