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Stray bullet damages Midtown home solar panel

Posted at 10:52 AM, Apr 13, 2018

One man says a stray bullet damaged his Midtown home.

Stephen Paige believes someone fired a gun into the sky, and the bullet ended up on his roof, damaging one of his glass solar panels. It happened near Fort Lowell and Mountain Avenue.

Paige says he found the bullet on his roof about 1 1/2 weeks ago, but he didn't initially notice the damage to his solar panel. A technician was on his roof doing work when he pointed out the damage.

Paige says that's when he went to get the bullet he found earlier to see if it fit the center of the crack in the panel: it did.

He has filed a police report with Tucson Police, but there's a simple message he wants to send to community: "If there is anybody out there who has a habit of firing a gun into the sky at night, or whenever, tell them to knock it off!"

Paige says firing a gun into the sky is "irresponsible", "unsafe", and says it will hurt somebody.

No one was injured at the home, but Paige says the damage will cost around $500 to repair.

The bullet may look like it hasn't been used, but TPD says it is possible the bullet caused this damage. That's because TPD says a bullet falls slower than when the bullet is shot out of a gun.

Recklessly discharging a firearm within city limits is a felony.