Jul 20, 2014
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A Richmond family was luckily uninjured when a neighbor who was “playing around” with his loaded shotgun unintentionally fired a round into their apartment early Sunday, police said.

The incident was reported about 2:50 a.m. in the 100 block of 19th St., police spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. A family with children were asleep and initially thought they heard an explosion before a hole was found in their wall, Abetkov said.

Responding police learned that the family’s neighbor, a 19-year-old man, had been “inside his apartment playing around with his loaded shotgun” when he accidentally fired a round through a wall shared by the neighboring apartment.

“Luckily no one was injured,” Abetkov said.

The suspect was booked on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm, and received an additional charge because the shotgun’s serial number was partly obliterated. The shotgun was seized by police as evidence, Abetkov said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.