Article Courtesy of Bay News 9
By Kim Leoffler
Published May 10, 2017
Some Hernando County residents are on edge after stray bullets hit their home.
No one was hurt but they are pretty shaken up.
It's happening in the
Trillium community in Brooksville, an area of homes that
have recently been built, which is why this hasn't been a
The neighborhood is usually very quiet, but earlier this
month that changed when residents heard gunshots.
"We came home we heard gunshots the neighbors were scurrying
inside. I wanted to go out and get my mail my neighbors were
outside and they're all like we heard a bullet wiz past our
head. It lodged somewhere and we think it lodged at the side
of your house,” Michelle Nadzeika said.
Sure enough she found a hole outside the wall to her kid's room where police
pulled out a bullet.
It's not the only time residents here have seen evidence of gun shots.
Nadzeika's neighbor has a bullet hole in her fence and another neighbor had one
in their garage. She said now many people in the area are on edge.
"So now every time we hear gunshots we're all inside and we're all calling the
police. Because that bullet landed so close to my children's windows we're going
upstairs, we're shutting all our doors, and we're moving to the back of our
house. We're staying away from our front door,” she explained.
According to police reports, those gunshots are coming from different backyard
gun ranges at nearby homes. For the bullet that hit Nadzeika's home, police say
the berm at the range where it originated was too low. We're told that beam is
now being fixed before another shot is fired.
A similar situation happened in St. Petersburg in 2015, where a man set up a
range in his backyard. That lead to SB 130 being passed last year which
restricts recreational shooting in an area the person knows is residential and
where there are homes within one acre of each other.
SB 130 does not apply in the case of the shots fired near Nadzeika's home,
however. because the backyard gun range in question is near the Trillium
neighborhood, not in it.
According to the police report, no charges were filed against the people who
fired the shot that landed at Nadzeika's home.
One of those people firing at the time, Devon Vasquez, said the incident was
just an accident.
“We don’t try to hit anybody’s houses. We didn’t see the house peeking over the
berm that we were shooting at,” Vasquez explained.
“What they need to understand is they are moving out into the country where
people can bear arms and where people can shoot on their property,” he added.
Vasquez has meet with Nadzeika and her family and offered to fix the hole in her
A reminder (hopefully)
Nadzeika hopes this incident serves as a reminder to all recreational shooters
in the area that a neighborhood is nearby.
"They know they have a residential community in their yard now, I understand it
wasn't here before but it's here now, and at some point they have to be held
accountable for how they're handling their firearms what condition their range
is in which direction they're firing,” she explained.
Vasquez said materials are being brought in the last weekend in April to fix the
berm before it is used again.
According to police reports, Hernando County deputies have been called out to
that neighborhood twice because of gun shots in the area. The first time was
because of the range mentioned above. The second time deputies were unable to
determine where the shots came from.