MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A man accused of shooting a bullet through a neighbor's window told a judge he fired the gun because it was the only way he knew how to unload it, police said.
At first 31-year-old George Byrd IV of Penndel denied being behind the shooting but then acknowledged during his arraignment that he fired the weapon to clear the chamber because he was unfamiliar with guns, Middletown Detective Patrick Nicastro told the Bucks County Courier Times.
Byrd fired the gun early Friday afternoon in the suburban Philadelphia community, authorities said. No one was injured.
He faces charges including persons not to possess firearms and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, the Courier Times reported.
Police allegedly found several rounds of handgun ammunition on the basement floor during a sweep of Byrd's residence, the Courier Times said.
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A search warrant was obtained and executed and police confiscated various handgun ammunition of varying calibers, a .357 revolver, 12-gauge double barrel shotgun an a M77 long rifle, the affidavit said.
Police also found two bullet holes entering and exiting the back of a shed in the rear of the property. Similar bullet holes were seen entering and exiting a fence at the rear of a shed on the Jefferson Avenue property.
A review of Byrd’s criminal record found he was adjudicated delinquent -- the juvenile court equivalent of guilty in adult court -- of felony burglary when he was 17, which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm.
Byrd is being held in the Bucks County jail on $20,000 bond. No attorney is listed on court papers.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8.