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Police Investigating After Bullets Strike Cranberry Homes

A homeowner says she was terrified after shots fired during a New Year’s Eve celebration shattered glass in her bedroom and living room.

Cranberry Police continue to investigate after bullets stuck at least two homes in the Fernway plan on New Year’s Eve.

Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said the shots were fired at the ground and in the air around midnight during a party at a home on Robinhood Drive in Cranberry.

Some of the bullets went through the walls and windows of homes on Sherwood Drive and Lincolnshire Drive. No one was injured in the incident.

“It was very fortunate,” Mascellino said.

Renee Piroth, who lives in one of the houses struck by bullets, said she and her husband had just gotten into bed when she heard a loud boom.

“We went out and checked and there was nothing, so we went back to bed,” she said.

Moments later, the couple heard another loud boom—this one much closer. Piroth said a bullet slammed into the bedroom window near where her husband had been standing only moments earlier.

“It was the most horrible experience,” she said. “There was glass everywhere.”

The sound she heard earlier turned out to be a bullet striking the home’s living room window. The bullet, which sprayed glass on the floor and the family’s Christmas tree, was found on the windowsill, she said.

Piroth said she was amazed the bullets didn't strike anyone. The mother of four said she typically throws a New Year’s Eve party at her home, but, this year, three of her children were not in the house. Her 12-year-old son, plus another person, were in bed when the bullets struck the home.

“It’s a blessing,” she said. “Someone was seriously watching out for four people that night.”

Piroth said she continues to be terrified by flashbacks of the moment the bullets hit the house.

“I want everyone charged at that party,” she said. “There could have been four homicides that night.”

Mascellino said police have interviewed people who attended the Robinhood Drive party. He expects charges to be filed in the incident by next week.

He added it used to be more common for revelers to shoot off guns in the area at midnight on New Year’s Eve, but that has tapered off in recent years.

“Obviously it’s a dangerous practice,” he said.

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Dweezer January 04, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Yes, Sgt. Chuck Mascellino, it is indeed a dangerous practice...to say the least. But what the hell, in Amurica, every clown that can afford one is guaranteed a right to a gun.
Mark A. January 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
More knuckleheads
Dale Redback January 18, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Disgusting. There's no reason to celebrate the New Year that way.

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