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Stray bullets from makeshift target practice concern residents in Derby neighborhood

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 11:07 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A developing neighborhood in Derby is finding more problems just beyond a tree line. Stray bullets from a makeshift target practice have found their way into nearby yards, homeowners say. Those firing the shots aimed at a target, but neighbors on the other side of the tree line report finding bullets too close to home.

“Being a homeowner in the area, we’re tired of the unsafe practices going on with the neighborhood next us us and the disregard for our safety,” neighbor Chris Herd said.

In calls to 911, one neighbor reported a bullet striking his fence. It’s an ongoing problem, neighbors say, has been going on for months. The target practice from the other side of the tree line is in Sedgwick County. The impacted neighborhood is within Derby’s city limits.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News spoke with the property owners who’ve been shooting at targets on the county side. You can read their side of the story here.

The Sedgwick County Commission on Thursday, Oct. 21, will vote on a resolution proposing fines if a bullet goes onto someone else’s property. That fine is up to $500. There are some exceptions, but overall, after several reports of property damage, the county is involved.

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