Bucks County resident Andrew P. Abruzzese, 36, has been charged with shooting a pellet gun into houses in Solebury and Upper Makefield townships, both while they were occupied.
According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Feb. 18, by Solebury and Upper Makefield police departments, Abruzzese a resident of the 300 block of Pineville Road, Newtown, fired the pellet gun at a house in the 700 block of Darley Circle in Solebury and at a house in the first block of Jericho Run in Upper Makefield.
The houses were occupied by a total of seven people, including four minor children.
Abruzzese was charged with two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, a third degree felony; as well as seven counts of recklessly endangering another person and two counts of criminal mischief, both second-degree misdemeanors.
According to court documents, the incident in Solebury occurred at 12:27 a.m. Feb. 4. The single-family home was struck by multiple pellets.
Video surveillance shows a vehicle, believed to be an Audi, stopping in front of the house and backing up, followed by the sound of shots being discharged. It also shows the vehicle pulling forward, exiting the cul-de-sac and discharges of multiple rounds toward the dwelling again.
There were two adults and two minor children inside the house when the incident occurred, and numerous windows and a motor vehicle in the driveway sustained “significant damage,” the documents state.
Police said in the criminal complaint that the residents of the house said Abruzzese was a past friend with whom they had had a falling out, and that he had previously harassed or threatened them. They said they believe the Audi on the surveillance video is the one Abruzzese drives.
Also, according to the complaint, an anonymous source told police that on the evening of Feb. 3, Abruzzese asked an employee of his business to place a CO2 canister outside the business so he could pick it up at around 10:45 p.m. The source also told police Abruzzese’s Audi was parked outside the business and it contained what appeared to be a pellet or BB gun along with the canister that had been left outside the night before.
On Feb. 10, Upper Makefield Police met with a resident who said his house on Jericho Run had been shot at approximately 11:42 p.m. Feb. 3. He said his video surveillance showed a silver Audi stop in front of the house at which time the driver fired multiple rounds into the house.
The car is the same one that was seen on video on Darley Circle, police said.
There was one adult and two minor children inside the house in Upper Makefield, and that dwelling also sustained damage from the pellet shots, the complaint said.
A call to Abruzzese for comment Wednesday was not immediately returned.