Family finds bullet hole in ceiling of home

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster family received a New Year’s Day shock when they awoke to find a bullet hole in the ceiling of their home.

A deputy was called to a home in the 2400 block of Cane Mill Road at about 10 a.m. Jan. 1, about a report of a home struck by a bullet, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

A 56-year-old homeowner told the deputy at the scene that his family found some sort of projectile from a firearm lying on the floor of their master bathroom.

“When they looked to the ceiling, they noticed a hole in the sheetrock of the ceiling,” a deputy wrote in the report. “(The deputy) went on to the roof and noticed a hole in the roof directly above the bathroom consistent with a projectile having traveled through the roof and into the bathroom.”

The family members told the deputy they thought they heard the bullet strike their home about midnight.

The deputy took photos of the scene, including on the roof and inside the bathroom, to show the path of the bullet.

He also took photos of the projectile and gathered it as evidence. In the report, the deputy noted the bullet appeared to be a large caliber round fired from a handgun.

Estimated damage to the home is $500, the report said.

Though it remains unknown who fired the weapon or how the house was struck from above, the deputy noted in the report that the shooting appeared to be “a result of unsafe firearm usage.”


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416