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Zebulon houses hit by stray bullets

Posted May 19, 2013

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— Zebulon police are investigating what appears to be stray rifle bullets that hit three houses on Braemar Highland Drive Saturday evening.

Police Chief Timothy Hayworth said Sunday afternoon that an initial investigation found that two houses were occupied at the time and at least one bullet hit the bedroom of a 3-year-old girl.

"I was completely freaked out," said the girl's mother, Jennifer Jump. "I ran up to my daughter's bedroom and there was the bullet on the floor ... My husband had her in our bedroom in the bathtub. They were like five feet away."

Neighbors describe close calls after bullets hit Zebulon homes Neighbors describe close calls after bullets hit Zebulon homes

A few houses down, Mario Saravia was just a few feet away when a bullet came whizzing into his home. 

"I went and fed the dog ... and I heard something flying, then I saw (the bullet) hit the wall," he said. "I could have been hit in the head or something."

Hayworth said investigators believe someone might have been target shooting nearby off of Water Plant Road.

Jump said she hopes police catch whoever is responsible.

"This is a neighborhood. We have kids," she said. "This is my daughter. This is our house. It's supposed to be a safe place."

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  • ICTrue May 20, 4:29 p.m.

    "I have complained in "SAVED" Emails to Wake County Commissioners for over 2 years about Target Shooting in Wake County. Joe Brian and the others will do nothing until a child is killed or THEIR homes are hit. Last year the same situation in Zebulon !" cwmllc1952

    There is no shortage of irresponsible people out there, or just plain dummies. Shooting a weapon and not knowing exactly where the round will end up, speeding through a neighborhood in your car, whatever. Both of those are examples of illegal and potentially deadly behavior. The local police should be working to find the individuals involved and punish them accordingly. There is no need for any additional laws like banning guns or banning cars. So, there is really nothing that the county commissioners can do or should even consider.

  • fishon May 20, 2:58 p.m.

    The Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center was built by Wake County for citizens to provide a safe place for target shooting. This facility allows local law enforcement personnel to maintain their skills. Additionally, marksmanship and hunting are increasingly popular sports in Wake County, and citizens now have a safe and enjoyable place in which to practice.

  • Phyxius1 May 20, 2:50 p.m.

    There is once again a lot of generalization here of all guns and all gun owners. A very small number of gun owners are involved in this kind of foolish and illegal behavior. The solution is to find them and confiscate the firearms involved in these activities. It doesn't mean every gun or gun owner is evil or that North Carolina has suddenly become a dangerous place to live. If you think that we are a "regressive and dangerous state" then move to another state that you deem to be safer.
    pianoguy

    Wow..You like to read a lot into someones words an make it into something else...I own many guns myself and know how to responsibly shoot them also. I never said all gun owners shoot their guns off on New Yrs did I?? I said I could hear guns going off and it sounded like a war zone. I also bet they didn't use a back stop...BTW-Shooting a gun off in city limits is illegal but people STILL DO IT..Same goes for murder, DWI, drugs also doesn't it...Show me where I generalized all gun ownwers?

  • zenonx6 May 20, 2:44 p.m.

    Bullets can travel very far.. Sounds like some putz shooting on the level. Or at a bird with a rifle,,, DUH ???? SOME PEOPLE REALLY HAVE NO BUSINESS WITH GUNS. Or maybe DADDY DIDN'T KNOW.
    Several years ago two little girls were struck by a AK round in a water park in Charlotte. Target shooters one and one half miles away shooting at a target hung on plywood nailed to a tree at shoulder height. One round , went through one and struck a second little girl. As best I recall the first girl died.

  • sunshine1040 May 20, 2:28 p.m.

    Stray bullets do not aim and fire themselves except during a very hot fire. Sorry but this weapon wan aimed and the trigger pulled by a person that needs either to weapons alone

  • rocket May 20, 2:28 p.m.

    "This state is out of control and there is no acknowledgement or attention to the issue"

    What issue? It's illegal in this state to shoot someone else's house no matter how far away the bullet comes from. What could NC have done to stop this?

  • irishale May 20, 2:22 p.m.

    "Now when farmer fud beside us dies and his children want to sell it and turn it into yet another subdivision do you expect me to stop doing what we have done on our land for so long...Now who do you think is in the right,we didn't ask you to move up under us!"

    The trick is, if your bullets land on someone else's property, you're not shooting "on your land". Hence this news article.

  • pianoguy May 20, 2:20 p.m.

    "Guaranteed that everyone that was firing was not doing so into a backstop good enough to stop the bullets." - Phyxius 1

    To my knowledge, it's against the law to discharge a firearm within the city limits of Raleigh, and within the limits of all surrounding cities and towns. So it doesn't matter whether or not there is a backstop.

    There is once again a lot of generalization here of all guns and all gun owners. A very small number of gun owners are involved in this kind of foolish and illegal behavior. The solution is to find them and confiscate the firearms involved in these activities. It doesn't mean every gun or gun owner is evil or that North Carolina has suddenly become a dangerous place to live. If you think that we are a "regressive and dangerous state" then move to another state that you deem to be safer.

  • irishale May 20, 2:01 p.m.

    "I have complained in "SAVED" Emails to Wake County Commissioners for over 2 years about Target Shooting in Wake County."

    Target shooting in and of itself is not a bad thing; you want the folks that own guns to be good shots with them.... it's much safe for all involved that way. What we DO have a problem with is either irresponsible target shooting, or some dolt(not the word I wanted to use, thank you GOLO filters) firing into the air.

    If it's the dolt, I think a set of stainless steel bracelets should be in his/her future.

    Otherwise, we (gun owners) need to preach range safety like evangelists. The 'countryside' is becoming increasingly less so.

  • ThomasL May 20, 1:52 p.m.

    I will weigh in on this one.Just like my farm it has been in the family for over 100 years,we have shot over it fished it and raised crops on it.Now when farmer fud beside us dies and his children want to sell it and turn it into yet another subdivision do you expect me to stop doing what we have done on our land for so long...Now who do you think is in the right,we didn't ask you to move up under us!

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