Man Shoots Girl While Target Practicing in Yard, Lawyer Says It’s His ‘Second Amendment Right’


A Florida teenager was hit by a stray bullet coming from a neighbor’s property while he was target practicing in his yard but his lawyer insists he’s ‘within his Second Amendment rights.’ It’s not the first time Deborah Ledesma, 14, and her family have had to dodge bullets in their own home.

Deborah heard shots last week and was concerned that her mother was too close to the sliding glass door, according to Fox 4 Now.

That’s when Deborah lifted her arm in order to put it around her mother’s shoulder to move her away, then a bullet shattered the glass and hit her in the hand. “It’s in a lot of pain right now,” Ledesma said. “The pain doesn’t go away.”

Harold Lanham, 21, who lives in a property behind Ledesma’s house, was arrested and  was charged with shooting a missile into a dwelling.

Fox 4 reports:

According to an incident report, deputies determined that although a berm of sand about 3 feet high was in place, intended to stop bullets for Lanham’s backyard target practice, Ledesma’s home was just beyond in a direct line of fire.

“This was a tragic result, this young lady (getting) hurt,” said Mike Chionopolous, Lanham’s attorney. “But he wasn’t doing anything illegal.”

Well gun safety classes or even common sense would tell him not to shoot targets with a family dwelling in the background.

Chionopolous maintains that his client was acting within his Second Amendment rights, as well as Florida law, which allows people to fire weapons on private property.

“There’s no doubt this was a tragedy,” Chionopolous said. “But I’m sorry, sometimes accidents happen, and that doesn’t mean somebody’s committed a crime simply because there’s a tragic outcome.”

“It hit me up here,” the teenager said, raising her arm up. “If I wouldn’t have stopped the bullet, it would have hit me in the neck, or it would have hit my mom, because I was moving my mom at the time.”

“Before you shoot randomly, you need to make sure you’re not going to get somebody else’s property,” she added. “Now every time I stand next to the window, I think ‘where could a bullet come from?'”

Luis Ledesma, the girl’s father said this shooting incident wasn’t the first time they’ve had to deal with random gunfire coming from the same property. Last month, they called 911 to report that a bullet had hit a hut in their property, outside their home, he said.

Chionopolous said his client was overcharged, adding that Lanham was on his own property.

Yes, but from his property, he was shooting into someone  else’s. This has all happened before with Ledesma. One of his neighbors, Eduardo Zuferri, said that in November, his family also called 911 after a bullet shot from the same property ended up in their living room. They also found bullet holes in the net of their terrace and the door separating the terrace and their living room, according to Naples News.

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