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PA: Stray Rifle Bullet Goes Through Family's Window

Stray Rifle Bullet Goes Through Family's Window Police Investigating After Bullet Found In Home

December 13, 2010

NORTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A North Fayette Township family was left cleaning up the mess after a bullet burst through the window of their home Saturday afternoon. Tom Fitsioris said his wife noticed the bullet shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. "She looked down, and sure enough, there was a bullet; a pretty large one, lying right there on the carpet. I'm like. 'Holy heck, what's a bullet doing in our closet?'" Fitsioris said. The rifle round likely came from a hunter's gun, WTAE Channel 4 Action News reported. The bullet pierced through the glass and drywall in the couple's upstairs walk-in closet while no one was home. A legal hunting area can be seen from the Fitsioris' front yard. Officials believe the bullet was fired from the hunting area and ended up hitting the window on the second floor of the house.

The couple said neighbors told them that they think they heard the bullet come from an illegal hunting area. Fitsioris said he thinks the hunters were on the side of the hill that faces his property -- which is not a legal hunting area. He said that all he wants now is for hunters in the area to think before firing. "This isn't the place to be hunting for deer -- in a residential area. What could have happened? I mean, luckily no one was home. Luckily no one was in that closet at that time," Fitsioris said. North Fayette Township police are investigating, as well as the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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