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Harnett County neighborhood concerned as bullets from shooting range land nearby

By Annette Newell

NBC-17 is investigating Harnett County complaints about gunshots landing in people's homes. Neighbors are putting the bull's-eye on a nearby business, Drake Landing.

The sounds of gunshots ring out throughout the day near the hunting preserve and shooting range. Neighbors say they are upset over more than just the noise. Several say they've had close encounters with gunfire hitting their homes, and they want it to stop.

James Griffin lives about a mile and a half away.

"We were coming out the back door going to our daughter's birthday party and through the trees here we heard a rapid succession of gunshots going off and almost immediately the back of the house, the glass was getting peppered," said Griffin.

Griffin and Glenn Finch share a similar story. Finch pointed to a bullet hole in his house.

"This is back in July when the first hit right here, and it stopped because this is hard concrete hardiplank board," he said.

But another shot last week made it through the wall, hit inside the bedroom, and landed near a pillow. "Their rifle range is set up so they're shooting west to east which is directly in our path," said Finch.

"I'm not against guns, I have guns of my own but I just, I wouldn't dare shoot through an unknown area, not knowing who was back there," said Griffin.

Drake Landing's owner Dan Andrews Jr. did not want to go on camera, but said safety is his business' No. 1 concern. He said there's no proof that the shots came from his property, and there are other shooting ranges in the region.

But neighbors are convinced Drake Landing is the culprit.

For now, Griffin is satisfied with Drake Landing putting up new signs directing hunters to not shoot in the direction of his house. "At this time the way they've put up the signs, I feel fairly safe for my children," said Griffin.

Finch says the problem is not solved yet.

"This is just continuous, coming from the same way, and there's no way that two shots, maybe three, could be coming in the same area," said Finch.

The North Harnett Property Rights Association has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court. Members say they've spent $20,000 out of their own pockets, trying to get more regulations for the hunting and shooting ranges.

The Harnett Sheriff's Office could not be reached for comment.

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