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Berea man injured after being hit by stray bullet from neighbor’s target practice

Posted at 2:38 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 18:05:15-04

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Berea man wants change in his neighborhood after he was shot in the leg by a stray bullet.

Residents say The Crossings is a typically quiet neighborhood, but that atmosphere changed Sunday night when John Sernulka’s house was hit by 11 rounds from an AR-15.

“I was sitting on this chair right here, it’s a new recliner, on my phone,” said Sernulka. “All of a sudden I felt a real big push against my leg and just blood spatter.”

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says the bullets came from a neighbor target practicing directly across from the man’s home.

One bullet went clean through Sernulka’s calf and he was taken to the hospital. While his injury will heal, he knows it could’ve been much worse.

“This guy could have hit kids riding down on a bicycle right outside of my house or cars,” said Sernulka.

Now he hopes that laws can be changed so this doesn’t happen again.

“I would like to see firearms be, I don’t know if you have to annex the city or what, but firearms not allowed to be discharged unless it’s saving your own life from a robber or what have you," he said. "Definitely this is not a place to shoot a high-powered AR-15.”

The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident. No charges have been filed yet.