Through the window wildly
Deer hunter's slug travels across Route 104, through four walls and a furnace at Phil's Automotive in Ontario
Rochester man arrested, faces numerous charges
It was Thursday morning and Mike Cardamone was walking through the front door of his father's business, Phil's Automotive at 1364 Route 104 in the Town of Ontario. A loud "pop" sent Mike ducking. Phil Cardamone was standing in the doorway from the front receptionist office, leading to the shop.
After the initial shock, he discovered a hole in his store's front double pane window. The two men immediately knew that a hunter's stray slug was the culprit. State Police, along with Department of Conservation Officers immediately responded. Phil followed the path of the deer slug through the receptionist's wall, back through a parts and break room to the very back of his building, a distance of about 55 feet. In all, the slug had travelled 285 yards, across Route 104, through the business window, four walls and through a furnace at the car repair business, before finally dropping to the floor. "It was scary", said Phil. "I'm surprised we found the slug." P o l i c e entered the field, north of Route 104, and discovered a group of hunters.
After informing them of the incident, Timothy S.
Lewis, age 46, of Gennis Road in Rochester was arrested for the ECON offenses of Discharging a Firearm Across a Public Highway and Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling. He was also additionally charged by State Police with Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. Lewis was released on appearance tickets for Town of Ontario Court for December 10th.
Police and Phil's Automotive employees all agreed that the buck Lewis took down with the shots will be a costly one. According to State Trooper Tim Gawronski, both the highway and the Phil's Automotive building were within sight range when Lewis discharged several shots at a buck. Gawronski said that Lewis apparently had "tunnel vision" when drawing a bead on the deer, and failed to see the highway and building in the distance.
Receptionist Trish Cymbal, who was not at her desk at the time of the incident summed her feelings up as "pissed." "He could have killed somebody," said Trish. The slug barely cleared the roofline of a customer's van parked in front of the business window.
Phil Cardamone, a hunter himself, was shocked at the range and velocity of the ammunition Lewis had used. " I thought it had to be a rifle shot."
Phil Cardamone stands next to his furnace which the deer slug penetrated after going through three walls, then proceeding through a fourth wall.