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Six arrested following shots being fired in the Village of Farnham

Six Angola and Evans residents face felony charges following a shooting incident in the Village of Farnham on Sunday, March 10.

According to Brant Police, they received numerous reports of possibly hundreds of rounds being fired in the village. 

One of the rounds from a high powered rifle (possibly an AK46 or a Remington 300) traveled into a residential area, almost hitting a young girl in the head who was at a birthday party, police said. The bullet then traveled into a house, going through several walls and an interior door before stopping, according to police.

According to residents, the scene was very chaotic, with people having to take cover on garage floors, before police were able to restore order. One witness said a 8-year-old and a young friend were forced to retreat to a shed and get down on the floor before the shooting stopped.

In another area, some horses tried to escape the scene by attempting to jump over the electrified fence of their pasture. They were restrained by the owner and some neighbors, police said.

Charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, felony criminal mischief and reckless endangerment of property were: John Bingle, 54, of Angola, June Stresing, 45, of Angola; Joseph D. Vail, 45, of Evans; Jaime L. Vain, 25, of Evans; Mark Hartman, 59, and Jacob Hartman of Angola.

All six were issued appearance tickets and must appear back in the Town of Brant Court on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. for arraignment.

The investigation is still continuing by Town of Brant Police and additional arrests may be possible.

Assisting the Town of Brant Police were members of the Erie County Sheriff's Office.


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