NY: Bullet Fired at Deer Passes Through Crib
Hunter shoots through wall into baby's crib
Sunday December 07, 2008, 1:02 PM
A hunter has been charged with firing a shot that hit a house, went
through the wall and passed through a baby's crib around 7:15 a.m.
Saturday, state police said Sunday.
The infant had been removed from the crib just before the shooting
and was not hurt, police said.
Gene P. Whipple, 37, of Waterville was charged with reckless
endangerment, 2nd degree, over the shooting in the town of Marshall in
He fired four shots toward the house, one of which went through the
outside wall, penetrated the crib's mattress and became lodged in a
piece of furniture, police said.
Whipple was about 400 yards away from the house, well outside the
500-foot minimum required by law, state police Investigator Bethany R.
Major said the hunter didn't know one of his shots hit the house
until troopers arrived. He was still on the scene, searching for blood
or deer tracks, she said.
"He didn't realize the bullet had struck the residence," Major said.
The deer he was shooting at was in a field behind the house, which is
located in a rural area, police said.