Police: Several firearms seized after shots fired into Girard home

Gordon is on probation for a weapons-related charge, according to police

GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Girard Police arrested an Iowa Street man Tuesday after officers were sent to his home for shots fired inside.

Elmer Gordon was charged with improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation and having weapons while intoxicated.

Police said an AK-47 had been fired, with shots going through the walls and entering into the home next door.

No one was injured, although neighbors were home at the time. They told police they heard rapid fire shots and bullets hitting their house.

“We heard the bat, bat, bat, bat, you know? It was like in intervals. Our dogs just went crazy and we were, ‘What is that? What was that?'”

When Girard Police arrived, they found Elmer Gordon in the front yard holding a bottle of alcohol, with his hands raised over his head. Police attempted to interview him, but said he was drunk and argumentative.

“Guy was out on his yard, just wasted. You could tell he was drunk,” said the neighbor whose home was hit with bullets.

Police asked Gordon if he had a weapon, and they said he pointed to the house. Inside, officers found an AK-47 and 11 bullet holes.

“I have to give it to the young man who lives there in that house that got shot, that he didn’t go after him,” another neighbor said.

Police said numerous weapons were seized from Gordon’s home, including five rifles, two handguns and ammunition. Gordon also had brass knuckles, throwing stars, knives and archery equipment, according to a police report.

The neighbor whose home was shot says that for the most part, Iowa is a quiet street and the only problem they notice is people not stopping at the stop sign.

Gordon is currently on probation for a prior weapons-related offense, according to police.

Gordon was arraigned in Girard Municipal Court Wednesday, and a $100,000 bond was set. He is due back in court Wednesday afternoon.


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