Rome business owner, 1 other, charged after bullet strikes customer’s coat
Rome (WSYR-TV) – Two men are facing criminal charges after one of them fired a gun at a wall and the bullet passed through, striking a coat being worn by a customer at a Rome business.
According to Rome Police, 56-year-old Ricky Hoke allowed 45-year-old Edward Lemmon Jr. to handle his new gun in an office area in the Hoke Auto Sales building on Erie Boulevard in Rome.
Lemmon allegedly pointed the gun at a wall and fired the loaded weapon. The bullet went through the wall and into the parking lot where it passed through the sleeve and stomach area of a customer’s coat.
The customer was not injured.
Hoke and Lemmon were both charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.
They are scheduled to appear in Rome City Court at a later date.
Police secured the weapon, which they say was possessed legally.
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