February 28, 2020

Vehicle owned by Mills Twp. resident struck by bullet

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MILLS TWP — The vehicle of a Prescott area resident was discovered on Thursday, Dec. 26 to have been struck by a bullet, though the time of the incident is undetermined, according to a report from the Michigan State Police. 

The complainant, Mary Bell, reportedly contacted authorities after her daughter spotted what appeared to be a bullet hole in the rear passenger side door of Bell’s vehicle while it was parked at her place of employment in Tawas City. 

Bell told the investigating trooper she did not believe anyone would have shot her car on purpose, and that her home is in close proximity to hunting land. The trooper stated the bullet was found on the floor of the car and appeared to be from a rifle. 

Bell said the bullet struck a car seat which her granddaughter uses. 

“I don’t get why anyone would shoot toward homes,” Bell said. “This could have been my granddaughter — her car sea was hit as well, and that is what upset me the most.” 

Bell said people need to be aware of where they are firing their weapons. 

“It sickens me that people aren’t more careful with their weapons,” Bell said. “No one should be shooting in residential areas, period.”

The investigating trooper reported that, due to lack of timeline or potential suspects, there was nothing more to be investigated at that time. 

This is the second reported incident in 2019 of a vehicle being hit by a bullet in Ogemaw County. A bullet struck a vehicle traveling north on M-76 in Horton Twp. on the opening day of hunting season, Nov. 15. In that incident, the bullet struck the hood of the vehicle and was found lodged below the windshield wipers. 

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