Washington Twp., NJ, cops: 'Practicing' hunter
hit shopping center that houses daycare
Washington Twp., NJ, cops: 'Practicing' hunter hit shopping center that
houses daycare Edison man charged after slugs struck Long Valley Village
November 30, 2010
WASHINGTON TWP., NJ - An Edison man was arrested and charged with
disorderly conduct Friday afternoon after several rounds fired from his
shotgun during target practice hit the rear of a populated shopping complex,
David Iacobone, 37, was charged with criminal mischief, creating a risk
of widespread injury, and disorderly conduct after police responded to Long
Valley Village on East Mill Road shortly after noon for reports of gunshots
behind the building, said Lt. Art Adams, spokesman for the Washington
Township Police Department.
Iacobone was using a shotgun and shooting rifled slugs - weighing about
one ounce each - from a tree stand across the field, behind Long Valley
The rifled slugs are about half an inch long, oval-shaped and made of
lead, Adams said.
Iacobone was about 230 yards from the complex, which also contains a day
care center, and was aiming at a target between his tree stand and the
business complex, Adams said.
There were no injuries, however, Iacobone struck the building at least
four times and broke a window. Also, a Long Valley police officer responding
to the scene was "almost struck" by a slug, Adams said. According to Adams,
target shooting does not carry the same regulations and restrictions as
hunting, "as long as you're shooting in a safe manner," he said.
Deer season for shotgun hunters opens Dec. 6.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife assisted with the
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