An 88-year-old resident of the Hampton Oaks Apartments, located off of Oakwood Dr. in Peekskill, accidentally fired a shot from his .22-caliber rifle while cleaning it Monday afternoon.
Police received a call from the neighbors shortly before 4 p.m. after a bullet shot through the sheetrock wall that divides the two apartments. There were about five people in the neighboring apartment and none of them were injured, according to police.
When police arrived at the scene, they interviewed the 88-year-old neighbor who explained that he was cleaning his rifle, when he inserted the magazine and accidentally fired a shot. Police said the man was in legal possession of the gun.
Police brought the man in for questioning and released just before 7 p.m. The man is staying with relatives for the night.
Police took the gun into their possession.
“He’s very upset, because he truly loves his neighbors and they think very highly of him,” Peekskill Sgt. Ray Henderlong said Monday.
Henderlong said authorities are still determining what charges, if any, will be filed against the man. Police declined to release the man’s identity Monday night.