Several homes, vehicles damaged by gunfire

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Police are investigating several incidents where several homes and vehicles were damaged by gunfire early Wednesday in West Hanover, Lower Paxton and Swatara townships in Dauphin County.

State police said West Hanover residents reported several shots were fired from a small car in the 7000 block of Devonshire Heights Road and on Sunset Road around 1:45 a.m.

Jim Dunkle’s SUV and house were hit.

“I was asleep. My wife was reading in the back of the house and heard several shots out front,” Dunkle said. “And when we came into the living room, we heard four more shots down the road and then a few minutes later, they came back and fired more shots and then she noticed the front window was broken.”

The gun involved was a 12-gauge shotgun, determined by numerous shell casings that were located, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Lower Paxton Township police said a home in the 800 block of Nyes Road was shot by a shotgun sometime overnight, and Mars Towing in the 5500 block of Allentown Boulevard had several tow trucks shot, also with a shotgun.

The incidents appear to be related to those in West Hanover, police said.

Swatara Township police said a house in the 400 block of Nyes Road was struck by pellets from a shotgun shortly after midnight.

The residents of that home had just moved in two weeks ago. Anton Harris told abc27 that he was sitting on his couch inches away from the window that was struck.

“Once it happened our curtain went flying up, glass came crashing in,” said Harris.

His 6-year-old son was sleeping upstairs at the time.

Harris then grabbed his own shotgun and ran outside, but by then the shooter was gone. He adds that the car he heard drive off was without a muffler.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Harrisburg at 717-671-7500, Lower Paxton Township police at 717-657-5656, Swatara Township police at 717-564-2550 or the Dauphin County Communication Center at 717-558-6900.


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