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Police: ‘Amazing’ no one hurt in gun firing

Bullet passed through sweater of nearby driver

ORANGE — Police divers Monday morning retrieved a pistol from the Millers River believed to be connected to a very near miss the previous evening.

A bullet through the window of a passing car led to the arrest of a local woman Sunday after she accidentally fired a gun while unloading it, then disposed of it in the river, according to Orange Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr.

Lisa Sharpe of Orange said she was driving home from the laundromat with her grown daughter when the bullet shattered the driver’s side window of her Pontiac Grand Prix.

“We just sat there for like five minutes in shock, she just looked at me and said ‘Are you shot?’” Sharpe said.

Sharpe had to pull a couple pieces of glass from the crook of her arm but neither woman was struck by the bullet.

The bullet passed through the arm of Sharpe’s sweater, possibly glancing off her watch — it’s nicked but she can’t be sure — struck her windshield and lodged in the dashboard.

Haigh said police responded to what was originally treated as a medical call around 5:20 p.m. Sunday and arrested Carol Myers, 45, of 156 East Main St. Myers is charged with discharging a firearm near a roadway, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, carrying a firearm without a license, improper storage of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and wanton destruction of property over $250.

Haigh said it appeared Myers was attempting to unload the revolver outside her home and accidentally fired it.

“Initial reports look like the bullet ricocheted off the ground and went through the side window of a car that was driving down the street,” Haigh said.

“It’s quite amazing that nobody was hurt,” Haigh said.

“They said within an inch, they said if I was one second less than I was the bullet would have been in me,” Sharpe said. “It was an accident so I can’t be upset, that’s what I tell myself.”

Now Sharpe has a windshield and window to replace, without glass coverage on her insurance, towing fees awaiting reimbursement, an inspection sticker that needs replacing and a hole in a sweater given her by her deceased grandmother.

Myers panicked after discharging the pistol and threw it into the Millers River near the Orange Fire Station, where the State Police dive team retrieved a revolver believed to be the gun in question, Haigh said.

Divers were able to quickly locate the gun because Myers was forthcoming with the location, Haigh said.

Haigh said how Myers came to be in possession of a gun without a license remains under investigation.

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