Police investigate house struck by bullet

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man and his girlfriend were not harmed after someone fired a bullet into their bedroom earlier this month. 

Officers were called to the 700 block of Central Avenue just before 8 p.m. Dec. 4 about a report of gunshots in the area, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

When officers arrived, they were flagged down by a 52-year-old Lancaster man who said his home in the 700 block had been struck by a bullet.

The victim showed officers the front bedroom window of his home where a bullet had entered, the report said. 

The officers searched the home and found a hole in a wall in the man’s bedroom, near his bed, where it appeared the bullet had struck. 

“(The victim) says that he was leaving the bedroom when he heard about three gunshots, then the window broke,” an officer wrote in the report. 

Though he didn’t see who fired the bullets, the victim reported hearing a car drive off shortly after the incident.

The man’s girlfriend told police she was in the living room when the shooting took place, though she only heard the gunfire and did not see who was involved. 

Police then walked through the house, took photographs of the damage and retrieved the spent bullet as evidence, the report said. 

The man told officers neither he nor his girlfriend have any ongoing problems with anyone. He also mentioned that the woman’s step-children had been over earlier that day, but had left at about 7 p.m.

“(He said) there was a group of young men hanging around,” an officer wrote. 

A neighbor told officers that a car left the area immediately after the gunfire, though no one had a description of the car or a direction of travel.

The case is ongoing, the report said. 

If you know anything about the shooting, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313, or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416