Vehicle, house damaged by gunfire in Washington

May 6, 2014
Aaron Klinzing stands Tuesday outside his residence on East Maiden Street in Washington that was damaged, along with his pickup truck, by gunfire Monday night. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

A pickup truck and house were damaged by as many as two rounds fired from a shotgun Monday night in Washington.

Washington police said the truck appeared to be the shooter’s target outside the Aaron and Jessica Klinzing residence at 400 East Maiden Street.

Aaron Klinzing said Tuesday it appeared as if there were as many as four holes in the house caused by the gunfire, including one that struck the second-floor bedroom where his young son typically sleeps. The boy, however, was in another room sleeping at the time, his mother said.

“My son could have been killed,” Jessica Klinzing said, holding back tears outside her residence Tuesday.

Aaron Klinzing said the gunfire damaged the driver’s side of the truck bed in two places, put a hole in the windshield and shot out the passenger side window.

He said it will cost him $1,000 to repair the damage to the vehicle.

Police said two shells were recovered at the scene, and it appeared one pellet ricocheted off the truck and struck the house.

Police said they have suspects in the case.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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