Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal advises parish residents and visitors to use caution when firing their weapons, whether hunting or target shooting.
On Saturday, November 8, a South Choctaw Road resident reported hearing gunfire, which is not uncommon in rural areas. As she lay in bed reading that afternoon, she heard a loud noise outside her open window and discovered a bullet on the floor next to her bed. Apparently, a shot fired in the direction of her house had skipped off of her tin roof, came through the open window, and landed on the floor within two feet of her.
The Sheriff’s Office investigated and determined that the 9 mm bullet likely was fired from the vicinity of Mizell Loop Road. The deputy was unable to locate anyone in that area who might have been firing a weapon.
With rabbit and squirrel season in full swing and with the full impact of deer and quail season rapidly approaching, Sheriff Randy Seal advises all shooters to be fully aware of their surroundings before firing a weapon. “Always know your surroundings. Never fire a weapon in the direction of a residence, any other building, or any area where people may congregate. A trophy buck or any other game animal is not worth risking harm to anyone.”
Target shooters are advised to always have a proper backdrop to capture bullets. Hunters are advised to carefully obey all Louisiana hunting regulations which may be found online at www.lwf.louisiana.gov.