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Buckshot penetrates home

South Boston News / January 09, 2019

Moving to a different room to watch some television may have saved a 12-year-old Nelson boy from injury or worse when buckshot from a hunter’s gun pierced the walls of his home.

The incident took place Thursday, Jan. 3 around 3 p.m.m at a Winston Road residence in Nelson.

Mark Wade said his son, who was home from school during Christmas break, had moved from his bedroom into the family’s den to watch TV when he heard five loud popping sounds coming from the area of his bedroom.

Returning to the room, the youth saw a bullet hole in the wall near where he had been sitting only moments before.

Lying on the floor was a piece of baseboard his father was planning to install in the room, which moments before had been upright, leaning against the outside wall. On the floor were pieces of 00-buckshot.

Three pieces of buckshot pierced the outer walls. Two others made pockmarks in the siding but did not penetrate the home.

Wade, who was not at the house at the time, said that upon his return he contacted the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Both departments sent investigators, but since the matter appeared to involve hunting, Conservation Officer Tyler Blanks took over as lead investigator in the case.

Wade said he knows that his mother-in-law, who owns the property behind his house, allows hunting on her land. Never has anyone shot at or near his house, he added. Since his son was not hurt, Wade said his biggest complaint is that the person whose pellet pierced his home never came to see if there was any damage or injury done.

According to Terry Edmonds with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, it appears the buckshot was fired from a gun about 100 yards from the rear of the house, but since the investigation is being done by DGIF, he had no further information.

Wade said Blanks spoke with him following his investigation, indicating he knew who the hunter was and how the shooting took place. Wade added that Blanks told him that charges would be filed for reckless discharge of a firearm.

Several attempts have been made to contact Blanks to verify the nature of the charges and the identity of the suspect who may be charged, but The Sun has received no response.

DGIF regulations say it is unlawful for hunters to handle any firearm in a reckless manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. The penalty for a violation may include loss of hunting privileges for one year to life and forfeiture of firearms.

Wade said he angry about what he sees as the hunter’s callous disregard for the safety of others and felt it was important to share this story as a cautionary tale to hunters everywhere. He also hopes that whomever fired the buckshot will apologize to his son for putting him at risk of injury or worse.

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The road hunters have no regard for safety.They drive around going from driveway to driveway chasing dogs with gps, often seen standing next 2 the road with shotgun or rifle,ready to shoot into property they dont have permission to hunt or know if there are people in the woods or if there are houses behind the brush.Not used to what they call "hunting" out here since it involves jumping out of vehicles to shoot. I call that poaching

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