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Bullet through house in Harnett County

By Annette Newell

A local family is hearing sounds from their rooftop, and definitely not from Santa's reindeer, but rather bullets!

We went to Harnett County, and we saw first hand a bullet hole and marks from at least two gunshots at the FInch family's home.

And this family doesn't know for sure, but they suspect the shots are coming from a hunting range nearby, that advertises on site hunting and shooting.

"Yesterday another round come straight through the ceiling here and bounced off the wall and landed in the bed where she was maybe two hours before. We just happened to be in the kitchen during our Christmas baking," said Glenn Finch. He says a bullet tore right through the roof wall, in the bedroom where he and his wife Betty sleep. He says it ricocheted against a wall, and landed on top of Christmas wrapping paper.

As his children and grandchildren gathered at his house celebrating Christmas Eve, he wondered if they are safe.

"It's happened twice, but when I was inspecting the roof there's another spot up here that looks like another shell. So this has got to stop. We can't continue to receive bullets in the house like this and we fear for our life," said Finch.

Finch took us outside to show us the two other spots, both outside his bedroom. He says he's reported two gunshots to the Harnett Sheriff's office, and suspects a third. He expects to meet with deputies this week.

But the family is asking why it's taken this long to get an answer. We called the sheriff's office but did not get a response. I checked the website of the hunting range, called Drake Landing. It advertises having a pistol pit, a rifle range, and bird and deer hunting.

We've found that this is not the only time there have been questions raised about safety near Drake Landing.

A letter from another family, dated December 4th, tells the owner of Drake Landing about gunfire hitting the rear of their home in Fuquay Varina. They ask that the owner put up flags for boundaries, showing where there are occupied homes. The people in this case say they have two children who play outside their home, about a hundred yards away from a field that the hunting preserve uses.

We also found a letter to the state from the North Harnett Property Rights Association, saying that the hunting range is near an elementary school and a residential subdivision.

We tried to reach Drake Landing but they were closed for the holiday.

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