A Masury man was arrested for target shooting in his back yard June 21 in a neighborhood that Brookfield police said had “no room” for such an endeavor.
Lance A. Schell Jr., 44, of 8169 Lorain St., was charged with misdemeanor counts of inducing panic and disorderly conduct. He is scheduled for video arraignment June 23 by Trumbull County Eastern District Court Judge Marty Nosich.
Police said they received multiple reports of shots fired from the densely-housed West Hill neighborhood and were directed by residents to Lorain Street, where a woman said she saw flashes of light coming from the back porch of 8169 Lorain.
Police said they found 33 shell casings and one live round on the porch and in the back yard.
Police, with rifles drawn, called for any residents of the house to come outside, and Schell exited and was detained. He said he had been shooting at a target, police said.
With Schell’s consent, Brookfield and Sharon police entered the home to see if anyone else was there. They found no one but observed two handguns, a .40-caliber and a 9 mm, and two air guns, and found a .22-caliber rifle in an SUV. All but the air guns were seized.
The charges were filed due to “the amount of rounds fired in such close proximity to other houses with no safe place to fire them, plus the amount of calls received and the large police response that it prompted,” police said.
Officers from Hubbard, Vienna, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty also responded.