Gulf Breeze, FL asked in Personal Injury for Florida

Q: A neighbor shoots a firearm on his lot and his bullet injures someone over in their own yard, what is the crime in FL?

Shooter (and friends) firing multiple high caliber weapons at targets on makeshift backstop on his residentially zoned lot. High density subdivisions surround it. Numerous sheriff reports taken, including re: ricochet bullets almost hitting other neighbors on surrounding lots when shooting is occurring. Dozens of bullets dug up and catalogued by independent search group on adjacent residential lots. Bullet locations GPS mapped directly downrange from backstop. All property zoned R-1 residential. Sheriff says no laws being broken. Can neighbors take legal action to protect themselves (besides hiding inside when shooting occurs, often hours at a time on weekends)? Thank you.

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Terrence Rubino
Terrence Rubino
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A: consult a civil florida lawyer for the purpose of getting a civil injunction. if it was here in indiana or illinois, there would be a good chance of succeeding. further your florida lawyer might consider a civil suit for negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Brian F. LaBovick Esq.
Brian F. LaBovick Esq.
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  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Wow! What a terribly negligent thing to be doing. Sounds like you have some bad neighbors. There are lots of things that can be done in this instance, both civil and criminal. The police should be called to investigate the reckless behavior of your neighbor. They will make the call whether the law was broken. Likely it has. If anyone was killed it would be a possible manslaughter charge.

Guns are dangerous instruments and therefore any harm that comes from there use carries a high level of responsibility which is not easy for the shooter or gun owner to escape. Do not sit on your rights, call a qualified personal injury attorney and get help now. They will take this case on a full contingency basis and help the injured person recover their damages from the shooter and the gun owner. Good Luck.

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