ALOHA, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – A local woman faces multiple charges after a drunken debate over gun control escalated into her shooting a hole into a wall.
According to a report from The Oregonian, 51-year-old Susan Fleming was debating gun safety with her boyfriend, 55, after he brought a 12-gauge shotgun to their home.
As the discussion grew more heated, Fleming reportedly took the gun and fired it at the wall of an upstairs room, leaving a hole the size of a softball in the sheet rock and fiberboard.
Approximately a dozen pellets were released from the gun at the same time, spraying into the wall, as well as a neighbor’s siding. The damage is estimated to cost several thousand dollars.
She was allegedly intoxicated at the time.
“Alcohol and firearms never mix. The two should never be used together,” Lt. Bob Ray, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, told the paper. “We’re very fortunate that no one was injured.”
Fleming was reportedly not trying to shoot her boyfriend.
She is presently being held at the Washing County Jail, in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Authorities told The Oregonian that she faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, recklessly endangering another person, and second-degree criminal mischief.