MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- It was standing-room only at a meeting in Montville Township Tuesday night, after errant bullets were once again fired into their neighborhood.
A group of people calling themselves “MontvilleFiresBack” came to the meeting with a list of their concerns and an action plan.
Eric Stasiowski spoke on behalf of the group since his house on Parnham Drive was most recently grazed by a round from an AK-47 last Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m.
“Children were playing less than 100 yards and heard the bullets fly by them,” said Stasiowski.
No one was hurt but Montville police are investigating three people who they said admitted to shooting an AK-47 on Boneta Rd in Sharon Township; that's just over a mile away.
Police said the bullets apparently were fired above the 7-ft backstop.
The case was turned over to the Medina County Prosecutor's Office Tuesday for possible charges.
Stasiowski said they want the suspects charged with a felony to hopefully encourage others to be more careful with their guns.
“Prosecute them to the fullest extent,” said Staisiowski. “There’s like 40 kids that live on this street, you know- enough enough!”
Some of their demands include requesting that Montville Township Trustees meet with the Medina County sheriff, chief of police, and with Sharon Township trustees to discuss the errant target shootings.
They also want a possible amendment to the Ohio Revised Code that would make “the discharge of any semi-automatic, long barrel firearm on private property illegal,” because the shooting incident was the second in two years where homes were hit on their street.
In January 2013, two other homes near Eric’s house were hit by rapid gunfire from an AK-47.
One round exploded through his next door neighbor's wall and microwave.
Montville police took two men into custody and said the men had been drinking and shooting at paper targets without a back stop.
At the meeting Tuesday night, Eric also mentioned about half a dozen other accidental shootings that have occurred in different townships across Medina County.
Both Eric and the trustees have already separately spoken with state legislators and the Ohio Trustee Association, which represents and works with all of the approximately 1300 townships in Ohio.
Trustee Chairman Ron Bischof said they are taking the matter very seriously.
“And not only because my granddaughter was there that night,” said Bischof. "It could have been anybody in the township.”
But since those changes could take time, Bishof and residents have already begun putting together an educational plan to inform nearby counties and gun owners of the potential dangers of target shooting without the proper backstops and space.
They said they don’t want to infringe upon anyone’s rights and they are not against gun ownership but they do want people to be responsible before someone gets hurt or worse.
“You could walk outside right now and the same thing could prevail because of all the farmland,” said Bischof. ”Who knows who’s shooting in their backyard."