Local authorities are investigating a recent shooting incident in which a supposedly stray bullet struck and penetrated a Huntingdon residence.
According to the report by Sgt. Richard Crossno with the Huntingdon Police Department, officers responded to the home of Dianne Pritchard at 95 North Forks Creek Road on September 9 after receiving a call about a bullet striking the home.
Officers found that a .223-caliber bullet had passed through a bedroom window, made a hole in the window blind, and had come to rest on the windowsill.
According to Pritchard, she was home alone at around 4:30 p.m. that day sitting and reading a book in the living room when she heard a crashing sound come from the bedroom.
“It sounded like a chandelier fell on concrete,” said Pritchard.
When she went to investigate, she saw the hole in the blind and a golf ball-sized hole in the window. The bullet wasn’t found on the windowsill until officers arrived at the scene.
Thinking that the window might have been struck by a bird, she went outside, but could find no sign of a bird strike.
“I called my brother, Dennis, and he came over and looked at it,” said Pritchard. “He said it was a gunshot, so that’s when I called the police.”
As far as where the bullet came from, Pritchard said it could have been fired by someone hunting in that area. But she added that she most strongly suspects the bullet came from the Carroll County Shooting Sports Complex, which is located a little less than a mile from her home.
Pritchard said she spoke about the incident with local officials, including Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, and was assured that the bullet could not have come from the shooting complex.
Pritchard, however, said that several other residents in that area have complained of bullets striking their homes or outbuildings.
Pritchard pointed out that her daughter and granddaughter had been outside in her yard not long before the bullet struck her window, and she expressed concern that someone might get hurt or killed if something isn’t done.
“We’ve got stray bullets flying around here, and somebody needs to see about it,” said Pritchard.