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Delafield Gun Club Denies Neighbor Claims of Shootings

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (WTAQ) - A shooting range in Delafield, where a stray bullet was shot that grazed a diner last month, denies claims by neighbors that there were 5 such incidents. Wayne Dehn says they’ve occurred since 2000, and he says they back up the neighbors’ contention that the Hartland Sportsman’s Club should be shut down.

But a club attorney calls the previous shootings “unsubstantiated.” 3 of them involved a nearby chemical plant where range opponents said employees once had bullets fly just over their heads. Last week, Delafield Police said a berm that was supposed to get from flying beyond the shooting range was not sufficient. The club said it previously expanded its berms, and raised their heights, to keep both the bullets and the noise under control.

On April 29th, 31-year-old Raluca Buznea was having dinner about a quarter-mile from the gun range when she was grazed in the abdomen. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time – and her baby was not injured. The State Crime Lab confirmed that the bullet was fired from the gun club. The facility remains closed. And Delafield’s Plan Commission will hold a hearing a week from Wednesday night on a proposed revocation of the club’s operating permit.

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