Montville Township Police arrested two men after their AK-47 target shooting practice sent bullets flying through the neighborhood. Officers called to the scene said they were dodging bullets as they tracked down where the shooting came from.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports police responded on Wednesday to 911 calls from a neighborhood where bullets from gunfire were hitting homes. The callers said they could hear rapid succession of gunfire.
Sgt. Matthew Neil of the Montville Township police said that when officers arrived at the scene the firing had stopped. But soon, a second round of gunfire started.
According to News Channel 5, Montville Police Sgt. Matt Neil, said: "A second round of rapid gunfire erupted. During this second round of rapid gunfire, an officer reported hearing bullets going over his head, and additional 911 calls from both of the original callers reported that their houses were being struck again. When I got about a half mile back in the field up on a hill, gunfire started again, and started hearing rounds go over my head."
Police investigators began tracing the direction of the gunfire. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Sgt. Matthew A. Neil said officers soon determined the gunfire was coming from the northeast.
WKYC-TV reports police ordered people in the neighborhood to their basements as additional police units were called. Officers soon traced the gunfire to a home in the 5500 block of Windfall Road.
Neil said: “As additional units arrived, the gunfire ceased and then started back up. Within seconds of the third round of rapid gunfire starting, two Montville Officers engaged two males at gunpoint.”
Montville Police Department
Guns seized from Mark Bornino and R. Daniel Volpone
The two officers found two men in the backyard of 5544 Windfall Road. The men, Mark Bornino, 53, of Medina, and R. Daniel Volpone, 45, of Parma, were engaged in recreational target practice. The men were taken into custody and are being held in the Montville Jail.
According to News Channel 5, police said the men were shooting at a target in their backyard with handguns and an AK-47.
Neil said: "They were drinking alcohol, they had some drugs on them and they were just outside, in their backyard shooting paper targets. They felt because they were shooting at a downward angle, that it would have been OK."
But the bullets bounced off the ground, and flew over the hills, hitting two homes about 500 yards from their backyard.
Medina Gazette reports that Mary Kuruc’s colonial home at 2907 Parnham Drive was one of two houses hit.
She said she was at home with her two adult daughters and son-in-law when they heard a crash. She said: "I'm grateful my grandkids weren't here."
Police found bullets holes in her living room and another lodged in her kitchen microwave. According to the family, they were standing in the kitchen moments before bullets came in. Kuruc said: "I think people need to be very careful with what they do with their weapons. Take a second thought at the fact that bullets can penetrate. Look what it penetrated."
Sgt. Neil said target practice is allowed in Montville Township. The men also passed police background checks, WKYC-TV reports.
However, Neil said they will face charges of drinking alcohol while handling weapons, and for handling their weapons negligently. The officer said the men were shooting at paper targets and did not use a proper backstop.
According to WKYC-TV, the weapons and ammunition recovered from the men include:
One AK-47 Assault Rifle with 628 rounds
One 9mm Handgun with 50 rounds
One 380 Handgun with 8 rounds
One 22 revolver with 40 rounds
The men will be arraigned in Medina County Court Thursday morning.