Hampden man target shooting at golf course hits house

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 19, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A family living on Western Avenue arrived home Tuesday afternoon to find their house had been hit by a bullet and they could hear gunshots coming from somewhere nearby, Police Chief Joe Rogers said.

Police Officer Shawn Devine responded to the 1:30 p.m. 911 call and was able to trace the path of the bullet to the Hampden County Club on nearby Thomas Road, where he found a man target shooting.

“He was quite upset that it happened,” Rogers said of the shooter, who was using a 6 mm, or .243-caliber, varmint rifle.

The man, who had permission to use the golf course for target practice, was not identified because he has not been charged with a crime, the police chief said.

“We confiscated the firearm,” Rogers said, adding the case is still under investigation.

“The bullet entered the home high up in the cathedral ceiling and hit an adjacent wall, so two walls were damaged,” the police chief said.

When the family arrived home, “One of the kids said, ‘Why is there a hole in the house?’” Rogers said.

No one was injured in the incident, and the man who did the shooting has offered to talk to the homeowner about fixing the damages, the police chief said.

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