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WA: Hunting Rifle Bullet Narrowly Misses Family

Hunting Rifle Bullet Narrowly Misses Family


Eight people, including four children ages 9 to 3 months old, escaped injury when a suspect fired a hunting rifle from the deck of a neighboring house on Sunday, shattering the victims' living room window.

The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in the 10200 of Glenwood Road as the family was watching the Seahawk's football game. The neighbor's bullet narrowly missed hitting a 48-year-old man, who was in the living room, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson. The man's 24-year-old daughter was facing the window and was hit with shards of glass, but not injured. The children were in a room adjacent to the living room.

The bullet ricocheted off the ceiling and struck a computer keyboard.

"This is so totally lucky this didn't turn into an injury accident or a homicide," said Wilson.

Sheriff's deputies responding to the call detained all of the people from the neighboring house for questioning, including an elderly woman in a wheelchair, who is the suspect's mother.

The man who fired the shot, a 40-year-old South Kitsap man who lives at the home, told deputies he was on the deck showing off his .270-caliber deer hunting rifle, but he didn't know it was loaded and the weapon fired, Wilson said.

Deputies determined that all the people at the suspect's home had been drinking.

State Patrol troopers blocked off the road during the investigation.

"We didn't know what we were responding to," Wilson said.

The suspect was arrested and booked into Kitsap County jail on suspicion of four counts of reckless endangerment and one count of unlawful discharge of a firearm. Bail was set at $250,000.

2007 Kitsap Sun

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