BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 5, 2015) — Hendricks County is growing rapidly. What used to be a rural area now has subdivisions in the town of Brownsburg backing up to homes in the county. The problem is the two municipalities have different ordinances on the books.
The problems were brought to light after stray bullets fired in the county hit two homes.
“We were in the family room and heard a big crack,” said Brownsburg resident Lynae Kibiger.
A .30-caliber bullet shattered the Kibiger’s family window in their children’s play room. The bullet was stopped by the double pane windows and police say it came from more than a mile away where three men were shooting into a dirt mound and the concrete. They believe the bullet may have ricocheted.
“Disbelief. You don’t think in the small town of Brownsburg, Indiana, you’re going to see a large bullet come through your kids play room window,” said Kibiger.
The men fired the guns in the county. And since they were on their personal property, as it stands they have every right to shoot their guns.
“There are no ordinances covering shooting on a private property and that’s probably fine in a very rural area, but this no longer rural. This is just a normal subdivision,” said Hendricks County resident John Monser.
Monser says several stray bullets have landed on his property. The neighbor behind him was building a private gun range. Monser started a petition to stop it, but the two were able to hash out their issue one on one and the gun range is no longer in the works.
That decision came after that same gun owner’s stray bullet hit a playhouse at a different home. That family says bullets have also hit nearby trees.
“This is more than just a freak occurrence and more than one random neighbor or random problem, this is something we need to consider as a community for gun safety,” said Kibiger.
County commissioners say the issue hasn’t been formally brought to the board. Those citizens say they plan to get together and bring their concerns to county leaders.