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Stray Bullets Interrupt Loudoun Co. Outdoor Baby Shower

It's one of several close calls reported this year in the county as suburban sprawl butts up against country shooting ranges

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    Stray Bullets Hit Loudoun Home During Baby Shower

    Cindy Dekeyrel was hosting a baby shower for her daughter over the weekend when guests felt bullets whizzing by their heads. It's another close call for country shooting ranges that are set up close to housing developments. News4's David Culver reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018)

    Cindy Dekeyrel was hosting a baby shower for her daughter outside her Lovettsville home when guests heard gunfire.

    "They were really fast, hitting rapid-fire, and then we got a little more concerned," she said.

    Dekeyrel says her guests calmly took cover, but ultimately the party was forced to move.

    She said, "They heard and felt a bullet or two whizzing by their heads, so they were like 'we better go inside.'"

    Loudoun Co. Weighs Changes to Outdoor Shooting Laws

    Loudoun Co. Weighs Changes to Outdoor Shooting Laws

    How close to your neighbor's house should you be able to fire a gun? After bullets came flying into a subdivision from an outdoor range last month, Loudoun County officials are considering expanding the safe zone from 100 yards to 880 yards. News4's Julie Carey talks with people on both sides of the debate.

    (Published Thursday, June 21, 2018)

    Dekeyrel says a bullet hit the ceiling of her bedroom. No one was injured, however.

    "It was a little disconcerting, to say the least," she said.

    It's one of several close calls reported this year in the county as suburban sprawl butts up against country shooting ranges.

    Three homes in Aldie were struck by bullets in May while some residents were home. Bullet holes were found in at least two Leesburg homes in August.

    It's become such a common occurrence that the sheriff issued a warning to residents.

    "It is also important that you exercise your second amendment right safely, and be considerate of those around you," Sherriff Michael Chapman said in a video.

    The issue has prompted Loudoun County officials to launch a review of an ordinance that dictates where residents can shoot.

    The ordinance — last revised in 2013 — permits all types of shooting in the more rural, western part of Loudoun County with some restrictions: No shooting within 50 yards of a highway or 100 yards of a park, school or occupied building, like a home. Officials are considering upping the distance to 880 yards.

    The rule changes are still pending, as residents try to reconcile residents' longstanding rights to shot and hunt with a growing number of developments.

    Frantic housing development in Leesburg prompted Dekeyrel to move to Lovettsville, but she's still adjusting to life in a more rural area.

    "Learning how to live with neighbors who have hobbies you don't share and making sure everybody gets to enjoy their acreage," she said.

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