Guns fired, strike two area homes

By Ryan Brown

BEDFORD – State police at Bedford are investigating two cases in which gunshots were fired into homes. No one was hurt.

Police haven’t said the shootings are connected – they took place 40 miles apart, one near Claysburg and the other on the Maryland border – but both happened sometime in the past several weeks, according to reports.

“They think it was of a personal nature,” said one of the victims, a woman living in Kimmel Township. “I don’t know [who could have done it]. That’s what makes it so scary.”

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said a bullet flew through a front window and slammed into a nearby wall. She isn’t certain when it happened. Neighbors likely would have seen it during the day, she said, so it may have happened as she slept sometime this month.

It appeared to be a high-caliber round, the woman said.

She dismissed the suggestion that a hunter’s errant bullet might have been responsible, as the angle doesn’t match the direction where hunters would be active. Few rifle-targeted animals are available to hunt legally in January, according to a Game Commission calendar.

“They were trying to find the casings in my yard,” she said.

Police were set to continue their investigation this week.

The state trooper responsible for her case was not available for comment Monday.

A second shooting, carried out sometime since mid-November in Londonderry Township, involved “a high-powered weapon from an unknown location,” state police wrote in a report.

The bullet passed through a garage window, then struck an adjacent wall, police said.

The trooper handling the Londonderry Township case did not return a call seeking comment.

Neither report named a possible suspect. Under Pennsylvania law, it is a felony to recklessly or intentionally fire a gun into an occupied building.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.