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Teen shooting in the county hits camper with sleeping woman inside

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A Craighead County woman’s nap was interrupted Friday when a bullet came flying through her home.

According to the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was asleep in her camper, just off County Road 333, when the sound of shattering glass woke her up.

The woman called deputies after she found a bullet hole in her refrigerator.

While investigating, a neighbor showed up at the home and told deputies he had been shooting shotguns and .22 handgun.

The 18 year old told deputies he had been shooting at barrels when he saw a bird on a county road sign and shot at it.

He believes the woman’s camper was in that direction.

“Always remember that firearm can possibly kill someone,” said Sgt. Jason Allen with the sheriff’s office.

Allen said this case highlights the importance of being safe while using guns.

“If you live in the county, you can shoot on your own property,” Allen said. “You’ve got to be mindful of where your neighbors live, where people play. You got to be mindful of where that bullet's going to go.”

Allen believes safety begins with education.

“Always practice safety," he said. "They have hunter’s education courses now for gun safety. It’s a very valuable tool. I believe all people, even adults, need to take a hunter’s education course for gun safety."

He believes if you’ve gone through a gun safety course once, you should do it again.

“We can always use refresher courses on gun safety,” Allen said. “We go through training constantly at the sheriff’s office.”

Allen encourages all parents who let their children shoot guns to keep a close eye on them and teach them about gun safety. 

Allen said when shooting guns just slow down and be safe.

“It’s always better to be overcautious than to not be prepared,” he said.

The teen was not charged in the case.

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