Mt. Washington man arrested after alleged 'target practice' sessions prompt fears for neighborhood's safety
Police said he had been warned to stop after a stray bullet entered someone's home.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bullitt County man has been arrested after police said a stray bullet from a target practice shooting session he hosted on his property hit his neighbor's house.
According to an arrest warrant, it happened on Saturday, July 22, on Bogard Lane off Old Mill Road in Mt. Washington. The victim told police he was in his home when a bullet from an AR-15 rifle, or a similar firearm, was fired into the house. The victim told police that people were using firearms for target practice at the home of 36-year-old Wyman Castle, who lived nearby.
"We're gun owners. We're all about being able to shoot on your own property, but shooting high-powered rifles when you're close to a neighborhood is unacceptable," said Laura McDonough, who lives nearby.
The victim said he went to Castle's home and confronted him about what happened. According to the arrest warrant, he saw, "a group of individuals who were firing the assault rifles and who also appeared to be consuming alcohol, as evidenced by the presence of open containers of beer."
The victim said he also saw a woman in a "prone position" behind a high-powered rifle, as if she had been shooting it.
Castle was there as well, according to the victim. Police said the victim told the group that a stray bullet had been fired into his home and asked them to stop shooting.
Police arrived a short time later and told Castle he and his friends could not shoot from where they were, "because of the danger it posed to the nearby subdivision."
Since that date, police said the victim said he has heard weapons being fired from that location "several times," and other neighbors have complained, citing concerns for their own safety.
"So that's the scariest part," McDonough said. "It doesn't seem like he's apologetic, because you would think after you hit somebody's house you would not shoot again."
A warrant was issued for Castle's arrest on Friday, Aug. 18, and he was taken into custody on Tuesday. He's charged with one count of wanton endangerment and one count of complicity to wanton endangerment.
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