[A] 30-06 round flew through the building’s upper level.POSSIBLE charges? What in the world is wrong with these people? They need to investigate? And then what, give the guy a warning to be more careful? Or, maybe to plead guilty to lesser charges than the felony recklessness it was?
According to Wrangell Police Department Lieutenant Merlin Ehlers, officers responded to the store at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a single round was discharged from a vehicle parked in front of the business. Ehlers said a child who had been left unattended fired the round from what he called a “large caliber hunting rifle.”
According to WPD chief Doug McCloskey, the child involved is 4 years old.
The bullet traveled through at least four inches of wood flooring, entered a box containing more than 30 feet of plastic bilge tubing and came to rest between three layers of cardboard.
Police have not released the name of the driver of the vehicle, though McCloskey added that the department has referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges.
This is in gun-friendly Alaska, where the reluctance to hold lawful gun owners responsible for their actions is a way of life.
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