Sheriff: None injured when stray bullet struck truck

Provided photo/ OFFICER KURT AYRES

Police are investigating the apparently accidental shooting of a commercial truck Thursday afternoon on Route 13 in East Homer, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured when a stray bullet struck the windshield of the truck on its passenger side, going through the glass, according to a release from the department.

The shooting occurred at about 2:45 p.m. and an early investigation indicates it was an accident, the release notes.

The bullet was not from a handgun, said Sgt. Anthony Phelps in a phone interview. Officers are considering if the shooting was perhaps a hunting or target practice accident, Phelps said.

“It was definitely not something malicious or nefarious,” he said.

A review of Google Maps of the area shows it is mostly farmland, with fields and woods ideal for both hunting and target practice. The regular hunting season opened Saturday and will continue to Dec. 8, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Phelps advised hunters to be mindful of roads and potential traffic if they are hunting near them. He also reminded all hunters to make sure they know what they are shooting at and what is beyond their target before firing.

Deputies are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to call the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 758-6151.