Man Shoots At Raccoon, Nearly Hits 13-Year-Old Boy

By: Trina Orlando

BELL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Two bullets nearly struck a 13-year-old Westmoreland County boy as he slept on his grandfather’s couch.

A man was in the woods nearby taking aim at what he thought was a raccoon. However, the shots he fired went straight through his neighbor’s house.

The bullet holes remain in the back of Edwin Rowe’s home on Orr Drive in Bell Township.

The shots went straight through Rowe’s living room and narrowly missed his 13-year-old grandson, who was sleeping on the couch.

Glenda Keck said police officers came to her house late that night to ask questions and they eventually found the shooter.

A 40-year-old man living in the neighborhood told police he was shooting at a rabid skunk. He didn’t realize the neighbor’s home was in the distance.

Neighbors said Rowe is out of town and police are not identifying the person who fired the shots.

Pennsylvania State Police said the victim declined prosecution and the suspect will pay for damage to the trailer.


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  • art farkle

    This stupid hoopie needs to be prosecuted whether or not the homeowner agrees. Can’t shoot within 500 feet of a residence. Local authorities or game commission should be involved. This type of event is an affront to public safety!

  • judgejudy

    Can’t hit a skunk with a handgun ( The gun should be confiscated; the shooter
    made to give up all other firearms. Completely irresponsible.rfirearms.

  • Patsy

    If the mom or dad lets the boy go back to see his grandparents shame on them because they are not teaching him responsiblility or keeping him safe. What if that idiot see’s another ‘rabid animal’ and wants to re-live his youth?

  • FedUp

    Take away this idiot’s weapons before he kills someone. Oh, wait, that’s his right . . . so until he kills someone, he can “defend” himself and has a right to bear arms!

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