Bullets Fired in Field Hit Close to Residents

Residents reported multiple shots fired on Saturday morning near Hanson Elementary.

Multiple shots were reportedly fired near Hanson Elementary School June 2 at around 10 a.m., according to the sheriff's department.

Ramona resident Christine Griffin, who was outside with her husband at the time, called authorities after multiple shots came across the large acre field between Hanson Elementary and the equestrian trail and hit at close range to them in their yard.

"Those bullets came across several hundred yards into our yards where we were standing doing chores," Griffin said. "About ten shots fired in succession and about three bullets hit within feet of us."

Griffin also said the shots sounded like they came in the direction of the southside of Hanson Elementary. She and her husband have not yet found any bullets on their property, though they believe trees, haystacks and possibly their tractor were hit with bullets.

Two deputies responded to the incident to interview any witnesses. Some people reported seeing a teen in a white shirt with a rifle on Boundary Street.

The sheriff's department said the suspect was "gone on arrival" and has not been found. No other information about the incident was available.

"People who have guns teach their kids the responsible way to use guns," Griffin said. "We know that you can't go out to open areas and start shooting and things of that nature. That's what made us think that this is not normal behavior, this is not target practice."

According to county shooting regulations, it is against the law, except in instances of self defense, "for any person to discharge any pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle or any other firearm or device fired or discharged with explosives, at any place within the unincorporated territory of the County which is not a reasonably safe distance from all recreational areas, communities, roads or any occupied dwelling house, residence, or other building or any barn or other outbuilding."

"It is incidents like this that anger responsible gun owners, like myself, because it was needless, irresponsible and could have inflicted injury to myself, my husband and our animal," Griffin said.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call up the Ramona Substation at 760-789-9157.

Ada Wildberger June 04, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I am gratified to see this incident reported on; as there are beginning to be too many shooting incidents within Ramona that go unreported. Perhaps now that the law has been clearly defined on what is legal shooting, more residents will begin to report these shootings. Here where I live in East Ramona, there have been multiple shooting incidents only one of which I personally involved law enforcement. Residents need to become more aware and diligent in involving law enforcement with these incidents. Lives, property and livestock are all at stake if we don't take the initiative to involve law enforcement. Thank you for making us aware of this situation; this is not a one-time incident!!!
Just a concerned citizen June 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I hear the shooting all the time in east Ramona but it's very sparsely populated. However, the shooting that is occurring on the west end is EXTREMELY dangerous and very, very stupid. How is it possible that in the 21st century people still don't know sh** about firearm safety?
Trish June 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM
This makes me a little nervous. My son and I walk (for exercise) through that area and how scarry it would be to 1. encounter an individual walking with a gun or 2. to have bullets come near us. We live in a small community and it saddens me to hear of things like this. I come from a family who hunts and target shoots. But there are places designated for that (if this was the case). Not near homes or schools or people outside. A little scarry!!
Vanessa June 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
We keep catching kids shooting pellet guns at or near our horses. Our poor dog has a pellet lodged between two of his ribs that appeared on his last xray. We live in the SDCE, this should not happen! Parents, this starts with you. If you aren't going to teach and enforce the appropriate use of a firearm then please do not purchase one for your child. Your child's behavior becomes someone else's problem and causes unnecessary conflict. If you can't control them, take the gun away! We live near so much open space that there is no reason for this behavior.
solar1 June 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Vanessa, what part of SDCE do you live in? Our dog died awhile back, believe it was from a pellet.
Vanessa June 05, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Solar, we're on the northern side of San Vicente off Scarbery. I'm sorry to hear about your dog, that's heartbreaking to lose your dog unnecessarily.
solar1 June 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thanks Vanessa! I have an idea who did it but no proof.
Vanessa June 06, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Solar, if you want to compare notes, message me (is that possible on Patch?). I know the names of two of the boys, and would recognize the others.
TheRen July 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Shooters need a target range in Ramona


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