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Police in Charlestown, Ind. issue warning about firing guns into air after vehicle damaged

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Charlestown Police Department is investigating after a resident's car was damaged by a bullet that investigators believe was fired into the air from a rifle. 

According to a post on the department's website, the damage "appears to have been caused by someone shooting a high caliber rifle into the air." Police say it happened during the evening hours on Saturday, Nov. 11, "possibly between 8:00 pm and 9:00 p.m."

A photo posted on the department's website shows the bullet caused severe damage to the body of the car, and police say it could have been a more devastating incident if the bullet had hit someone outside the car. 

Charlestown Chief of Police Keith McDonald is reminding residents that it's never a good idea to shoot any firearm into the air aimlessly. He cited a statement from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the dangers of random shooting:

"When fired into the air, bullets can return to the ground at speeds greater than 200 ft./sec., a sufficient force to penetrate the human skull and cause serious injury or death,” McDonald wrote. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Charlestown Police Department Tip Line at 812-256-CHPD (2473) or send an email to crimetips@ctownpd.com. 

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