Bullets strike Montville homes, narrowly miss officers as AK-47 target practice goes awry
2 men arrested, weapons confiscated
Tom Livingston, newsnet5.com
8:41 PM, Jan 16, 2013
11:03 PM, Jan 18, 2013
MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Two men are under arrest after their target shooting with an AK-47 assault weapon sent bullets flying through a Medina County neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.
One Parnham Drive resident, unaware of the hail of bullets, scurried back into her home as police arrived to warn her and her two small children of the danger, another homeowner ran to her basement.
Montville Township police found themselves dodging bullets as they tracked down where the shots were originating.
"When I get about a half mile back in the field up on a hill, gunfire started again, and started hearing rounds go over my head," said Montville Police Sgt. Matt Neil.
Police said the men on Windfall Road were shooting at a target in a field with handguns and an AK-47.
"They were drinking alcohol, they had some drugs on them and they were just outside, in their backyard shooting paper targets," Neil said. "They felt because they were shooting at a downward angle, that it would have been OK."
Bullets skipped off the ground, and carried over hills striking at least two homes police estimated to be 500 yards from where the target shooting took place.
Mark Bornino, 53, of Windall Road in Montville Township and R. Daniel Volpone, 45, of Parma were arrested.
Mary Kuruc heard a crash and found debris on a sofa. Her daughter discovered a hole in the wall and a place on the ceiling where a bullet ricocheted. They called 911 and while officers were investigating, her home was hit again.
"We noticed a second bullet hole, followed the trajectory of it and noticed the bullet landed in the microwave," Kuruc said.
She and her two daughters left the kitchen just moments before the second shot hit the far kitchen wall at eye level.
Police removed the wall-mounted microwave as evidence as the bullet remained lodged in the appliance.
Police said dozens of shots were fired. The AK-47, three handguns and over 700 rounds of ammunition were seized.
The men face a series of felony charges. Police want to hear from any residents whose homes may have been hit.
Kuruc, grateful no one was injured, echoed a warning Montville police are sending, "If people are going to target shoot out there, be very careful with where that bullet goes because it could have killed somebody."