Stray bullet from Sig Sauer shooting range hits car windshield on 101

Woman thought it was a rock. Turns out, it was a bullet.

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Aerial view of Sig Sauer Academy in relation to Route 101.

CONCORD, NH – State Police have temporarily shut down the Sig Sauer shooting range that faces Route 101 in Epping, after a stray bullet apparently damaged the windshield of a motorist back in April.

On April 12, 2017, New Hampshire State Police from Troop A received a call from Kristen Burke, 36, of Hampton, reporting an incident that happened the previous day. She told police that on April 11 she was driving westbound on Route 101 between exits 8 and 7 when at approximately 2 p.m. she observed an “item” come from her right side and strike the windshield of her vehicle.

Assuming this was a rock that had struck the windshield, Ms. Burke continued driving to her destination. The following day she took her vehicle to Safelite Auto Glass in Tilton to have the damage assessed and repaired. Glass technicians at Safelite determined that the item that struck Ms. Burke’s windshield was a bullet and not a rock.

An investigation into the incident was conducted by Troop A detectives. At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the round that hit Ms. Burke’s windshield did more than likely come from the Sig Sauer Academy, which is located directly to the north of the location of the original incident.

Although the investigation disclosed that rounds being fired from the ranges at the Sig Sauer Academy were falling out onto Route 101, the investigation verified that that the round that collided with Ms. Burke’s windshield could not have been fired from a pistol at the time she was traveling on Route 101. As a result of the findings of this investigation, the ranges facing Route 101 at Sig Sauer have been shut down until a proper round retention system is installed.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case was referred to the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office for review, and it has been determined that no further law enforcement action is required.

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