Chapel Hill News

April 9, 2014

Carrboro police investigate squirrel shootings

Police asked the public for help Wednesday to find men suspected of using a rifle to shoot at squirrels while driving inside the Carrboro town limits.

Police asked the public for help Wednesday to find men suspected of drive-by hunting inside the Carrboro town limits.

The men are suspected of shooting at squirrels, Capt. Chris Atack said. They reportedly were armed with a rifle, although Atack said police don’t know whether that’s an air rifle or a firearm.

Two different cars may be involved – a green Honda sedan and a silver Acura RSX, he said. Incidents have been reported in the area of North Greensboro Street and Westbrook Drive, he said. Police have not received reports of houses or other property being damaged, he said.

The latest two incidents were reported Monday, including one call from Pine Street, police reported. Another incident was reported in January, Atack said.

“We are concerned primarily for the safety of the public in this situation, as it is inherently dangerous for projectiles, whether bullets or pellets, to be fired near people and residences,” Atack said.

It is illegal to hunt or discharge a firearm or air gun in the town of Carrboro. Atack said the men also are breaking the state’s hunting laws by hunting out of season – gray squirrel season ended in February – and hunting from a vehicle.

Anyone caught violating those laws could face a fine and forfeit property involved in the violation. State violations could bring fines and potentially other penalties.

Anyone observing this activity should call 911, he said.

Anyone with information about the case should call 919-918-7415 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Online tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

 

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