WCSO: New Year's celebration with handguns leads to arrest
A Cornelius man was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 1, after allegedly shooting a neighbor's house during a New Year's Eve celebration.
Juan Humberto Garfias-Campos, 46, was part of a group of people who were apparently celebrating the New Year by discharging live rounds from handguns in the 200 block of South Cherry Drive, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
A neighbor reported just after midnight that a barrage of gunfire struck their home in the 300 block of South Dogwood Place, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies called to the scene at 12:06 a.m. Tuesday reported finding "several dozen" empty shell casings in the front and back yard of the Cherry Drive home that was hosting the New Year's Eve party. They arrested Garfias-Campos and seized at least one handgun.
No injuries were reported. At least two bullets entered the Dogwood Place house, the Sheriff's Office said, one of which landed near a child's play area in the living room.
Garfias-Campos faces charges of recklessly endangering another person, second-degree criminal mischief and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Sheriff's Office. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services in Cornelius under contract with the city.
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