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Police: Bullet strikes home in New Port Richey

Investigators are searching for the person responsible for firing a bullet Monday night that is now embedded in the wall of a New Port Richey home.

The bullet traveled through a back sliding glass door of the house, located in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard. The projectile pierced the glass, leaving just a hole, and struck a wall where it remains.

Investigators believe the shot was fired sometime between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday. The caliber of bullet is unknown as is the type of weapon it was fired from. The home’s owners asked to keep the bullet lodged in their wall to prevent further damage, New Port Richey Police Department Sgt. Mike Anderson said.

A man who lives at the house didn’t discover what took place until he went out the back door to let his dog out. As he was exiting the house, he noticed a hole in the screen, the sliding glass door and then in the wall.

The residents and the authorities believe the shot was fired from across Cotee River.

“It was just kind of an odd incident,” Anderson said. “There was no other (gunshots) reported after this, so I don’t if this was someone who just recklessly fired off a round, or accidentally, deliberately. I don’ know.”

Those with any information concerning the shooting are asked to call Anderson or Detective Greg Williams at (727) 841-4550. Callers can remain anonymous.

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