A Hopewell Township man fired five large-caliber rounds into the ground during a dispute with his 17-year-old neighbor on Friday, police said.
No one was hurt when 52-year-old Raymond Earl Stang discharged his .30-06 rifle five times into the ground while standing in his yard, according to state police, who have charged him with the misdemeanors of making terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
Stang fired his weapon after engaging in confrontations with the teenage neighbor and a 28-year-old passer-by named Jaymes Campbell about 11:20 a.m., charging documents allege.
Police said there is bad blood between Stang and the teen, which culminated in Friday's confrontation.
The allegations: Charging documents state the teen told police he was driving home from a local convenience store when he saw Stang's truck approach from behind and pull aside his vehicle.
Stang then started yelling at the teen, police said.
Campbell, of Stewartstown, was driving behind Stang and told police he witnessed Stang driving erratically on Main Street in Stewartstown and followed him to the intersection of Scarborough Fare and Cedar lane "out of curiosity," documents state.
Campbell tried to take a photo of Stang confronting the teen, causing Stang to get out of his truck and walk toward Campbell while yelling at him, documents allege.
'Just an observer': Campbell has no relationship to the teen or to Stang, according to Trooper Daniel Weldon, who investigated the incident.
"He was just an observer and got caught up in it," Weldon said. "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Stang threw a stick at Campbell's BMW, then got into his truck and drove to his home a very short distance away, police said.
When the teen, Campbell and others starting walking toward Stang's home, Stang responded by picking up a rifle from behind a bush and firing it into the ground, police said.
Rifle, shells seized: Troopers seized his rifle and collected five empty .30-06 shell casings from the front yard, documents state.
Stang, of 22 Scarborough Fare, is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn't have to put up any money to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he fails to attend court proceedings.
Stang declined immediate comment.
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