Man charged after bullet strikes Town of Paris home

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

PARIS, N.Y. (WKTV) - A woman in the Town of Paris had a close call Thursday night outside her home after narrowly missing bullets that were flying near her.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Chrysler, a woman reported that she was outside of her home around 7:45 p.m. When she heard what sounded like several objects moving through the air near her. She also reported that she heard breaking glass, later finding that a bullet had gone through a wall of her home.

Authorities said the bullet continued through a picture frame that was hanging on a bedroom wall, striking a sliding closet door that was across the room. The bullet passed through the closet door where it struck another object in the closet before the bullet lost momentum and fell to the floor.

During the investigation, a nearby resident named James V. Battista, 51 of the Town of Paris, had been interviewed and Deputy Chrysler said it was determined that Battista had been outside target practicing with a .22 caliber rifle. Battista's home is about 1/4 of a mile away from Meredith's home and he had been shooting in the direction of her home, authorities said.

Battista has now been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm across a public highway. Authorities said a further charge of reckless criminal mischief is pending further investigation.

Battista is scheduled to appear in Paris Town Court in August to answer the charges against him.

Chrysler said that he was assisted at the scene by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officer Steve Lakeman and members of the NY State Police.

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