WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Just before midnight on July 4th, a Mary Clarke Drive resident heard a loud pop while in his kitchen. Shortly after, the resident discovered that a projectile had entered his home through a northern kitchen wall, traveled through an interior wall and lodged into the drywall of a utility room.
The projectile had entered the house just a few feet below a second floor bedroom in which a toddler was sleeping. Nobody inside the home was injured.
Officers responded to a home on Courtland Drive, just north of the victim's residence and observed a small gathering inside the house. Officers overhead talk of a firearm and continued investigating.
During the investigation, 22-year-old Kenny Kinter fled on foot from officers. A pursuing officer deployed his Taser and was able to take Kinter into custody.
Our officers identified three additional adults and one 17-year-old female inside this home. Officers learned that all attendees of this party had fired a handgun belonging to Kinter throughout the course of the evening. These shots were directed into the ground. Officers learned that Kinter had fired the final round out of a bedroom window. This is the round believed to have struck the Mary Clarke Drive home.
Officers did recover a .380 semi-automatic handgun from the Kinter residence that is believed to be the firearm involved.
Kinter is charged with improper discharge of firearm into habitation, possessing a weapon under disability, furnishing weapon to minor, using weapon while intoxicated, resisting arrest, possess drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.
20-year-old Daniel Meeks is charged with using weapon while intoxicated, discharging a firearm within city limits and public intoxication.
18-year-old Zachary Zimmer is charged with underage possession of alcohol, using weapon while intoxicated and discharging a firearm within city limits.
18-year-old Katherine Gnau and the 17-year-old juvenile are both charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.