Several people on a Johnson County farm apparently didn’t realize how far some of their stray bullets were flying Sunday afternoon.
Greenwood Police were called around 12:40 Sunday afternoon to house in the 3200 block of Lodgepole Drive, in the Southern Pine subdivision. The home, which is just inside Greenwood City limits, had been struck by a bullet from a high-powered rifle. The bullet had penetrated the rear exterior wall of the home, and lodged inside a child’s toybox.
Greenwood Police later learned of a second home being struck further to the west, in the 3200 block of Hemlock Drive, about a quarter mile away. A bullet had crashed through a second floor window and penetrated an interior wall of the house.
Harmanip Chahal was in bed, reading his iPad when the bullet came through the window, just a few feet from his head.
“I jumped up and saw the window was broken,” Chahal said. “I ran and told my dad, who ran outside because it was somebody throwing rocks. After he came back inside, he saw it was a bullet.”
As officers were investigating, another officer heard more shots being fired from a location to the east. Johnson County Sheriff Deputies made their way to a farm in the 6600 block of North County Road 25 West. They located several people doing some target shooting on the property. They were firing handguns and some high powered rifles, including AR-15s.
The farm owner and others who were shooting apparently didn’t realize some of their bullets were skipping off the ground and flying hundreds of yards into the neighborhood.
Johnson County Deputies cited the farm owner for violating a weapons ordinance that prohibits land owners from firing weapons across public roads, or onto another property without their permission.
Since the Sunday incident, neighbors in the Souther Pine subdivision say the farm owner has apologized and offered to pay for repairs to their homes.
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox told Fox59 he hopes the case will serve as a reminder about gun safety, and properly setting up target shoots to avoid stray gunfire.