A bullet hole through the dining room crown molding of a home in Rowlett is clearly visible. The bullet strike was reported to Rowlett police last week.
Click the graphic to see the Fox 4 News story and video.
The man shot in 2010 in a Rowlett neighborhood filed suit against the Garland Public Shooting Range for damages he suffered as a result of his injuries and that case is expected to be heard in a couple months. Now two or more suits have been filed or are about to be filed.
In a Fox 4 News story last night, additional information was presented that is related to my post yesterday on stray bullets that may be coming from the Garland Public Shooting Range on Pleasant Valley Rd. The range is privately owned and has no connection to the City of Garland.
New information was available on the second incident reported last week. In the first, a bullet came through the roof and ceiling into the bedroom of a five-year-old. In the second, a bullet came through the wall and through the crown molding into the dining room. A fourth-grader describes her family's experience in the video report.
The City of Rowlett does not consider the man that was mysteriously shot last year a one-in-a-million incident. All their guns (figuratively speaking) are now on the GPSR. They have filed for a temporary injunction to close the range to protect residents. Rowlett has also agreed to finance a lawsuit against the range to be filed by the family that had the bullet land in their son's bedroom. It's not entirely clear if the two cases are separate or are to be combined.
The news report also said that range owner James Day claims a bullet cannot travel that far. If accurate, that would be very disturbing and would seem to indicate that the range will not be examining their operations or taking any actions to assure residents and others in the area—in Rowlett and Garland—that their safety is a concern, because there is no question that most calibers can reach that far. [See chart in that previous post.]
Officials in Garland and I do take these reports to be extremely serious. While none of us has a desire to wrongly accuse anyone, we cannot ignore these incidents, the frequency, or the safety of residents in the area.
Rather than those responsible paying, GP&L ratepayers are the ones paying to repair the electric transmission lines in the area.
Also, all the land east of the range, all the way to Castle Dr, is owned by the City. The old Castle Landfill that serves as a backdrop for the gun range is officially closed, no longer to ever accept garbage. One responsibility the city has is to monitor methane gas generated at the site. City personnel responsible for checking those monitoring stations could be at risk when onsite. The circumstantial evidence is too great for the City to tell them they are safe. Most landfills eventually have a second life, quite often as a park. One use discussed over the years was to convert the site to a dog park. Under these circumstances, none of that can happen.
We can't live with the status quo. It's imperative that we learn where these bullet rounds are coming from and that action be taken to protect everyone in the area.