Police chief, gun club investigate stray bullet

By jeanne starmack



The Lowellville police chief and a gun club are investigating who is responsible for a stray bullet that hit a house in the village.

The bullet went through the window of a house on Penny Lane late March 23, a police report indicates.

The Lowellville Rod and Gun Club’s shooting range has been closed since the homeowner called that same day to report what had happened, said club president Derek Donatelli. He said it will remain closed until the club is sure it’s safe to reopen it.

Police Chief William Vance said the bullet “skipped across the porch” and hit a first-floor bedroom window at the house. He said there are two homes on Penny Lane and Jackson Street is only 500 more yards away. That street is lined with houses.

“I’m waiting for a phone call [from the club] to see what we can do to rectify the problem,” Vance said. “I don’t want to see anyone hurt or killed.”

Donatelli said Tuesday he doesn’t know for sure whether the bullet came from the club’s range.

“Some of my people told me they heard shooting going on when they weren’t firing,” he said. “That range has been there longer than the house, and there’s never been an incident.”

He said that he did not try to trace the shooter through the spent bullet.

“There’s 400 members at the club,” he said, adding that not all of them come to meetings.

“As for me trying to get the discharged bullet and track it down, I don’t know if I’d have any more success than if it were a stranger shooting in the woods,” he said.

Donatelli said he was to meet with the club membership and he hoped to learn more.

Donatelli said that if “we do need to build something up,” they have an offer of help from the homeowner’s brother, who is in construction.

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