Police: Man nearly shoots neighbor in apartment below

John Joyce
  • Police: Adam Livingston accidentally discharged his firearm in his apartment Friday, almost striking his neighbor below.
  • The round passed through the floor, bounced around the apartment below and came to rest on the floor.

A Manchester Township man sitting in his apartment at 3 a.m. Friday got up, tripped over his coffee table and fell on his gun, firing a round into the occupied apartment below him, according to a Northern York County Regional Police Department criminal complaint.

Adam Livingston, 21, of 460 Conewago Creek Road in Manchester Township, is charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person. Livingston is free on $2,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday.

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According to the charging documents, Livingston's downstairs neighbor was sitting on his floor doing paperwork when he heard what he "immediately recognized" as a shot from a handgun going off in the apartment above him. The neighbor, identified on the report only as R. Phillips, told police he heard what sounded like a round bouncing around his apartment.

Phillips did not move because he was afraid he would be hit by the bullet, the documents said. He then called police, who, when they arrived on scene, located the bullet on the floor next to where Phillips had been sitting.

After speaking with Phillips, officers went upstairs to speak to Livingston. According to the documents, Livingston immediately knew why the cops where knocking on his door.

"Because I accidentally shot a round though the floor," he is quoted as saying.

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Livingston explained he had been sitting on his couch with his .45-caliber 1911 pistol on his right hip. He told the officers he got up to take his gun off, tripped over his coffee table and fell on his gun. The firearm discharged, sending a round through the floor into Phillips' apartment below, according to the documents.

The officers seized the gun, took photos of both apartments and took Livingston into custody, the documents said.

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