Lancaster Family Narrowly Dodges Bullet

May 30, 2012 Updated May 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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May 30, 2012 Updated May 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM EDT

LANCASTER,NY (WKBW)-Imagine sitting on your back porch, when a bullet flies by and narrowly misses your family. It happen to the Kuss Family of Lancaster Monday evening. Donna Kuss was sitting on the back porch of her Schlemmer Road home on Monday with her 90-year-old mother when she heard glass shatter next to her. She then realized a bullet had pierced through two nearby windows and ended up in her kitchen sink.

"At first, I didn't know what it was," said Kuss. "It definitely could have been a lot worse and it made us think."

Lancaster Police say the bullet was from a 308 rifle. The bullet traveled close to a mile and police were able to trace it back to a few men who were target practicing on Walden Avenue. Investigators say the men were following state and town regulations for their firearms during the time of the incident and are calling this a freak accident. The Kuss Family says this is the second time their home has been struck.

"I understand we are zoned for the discharge of weapons around here," said Edward Kuss, Donna's Husband. "What I'd like to see at least with zoning, is if you have a gun range you should file with the town so stuff like this doesn't happen."

The Kuss Family is sharing their story so others take extra precautions while using a gun. Lancaster Supervisor Dino Fudoli says the town is taking a proactive approach on this issue and believes education is key instead of further legislation. Fudoli would like the town to hold educational seminars throughout the year for the public and gun owners.

"To help educate them on their surroundings," said Fudoli. "Because obviously shotguns have a certain range, pistols have a different range, and rifles too. It will make gun owners aware of the fact that there are subdivisions beyond those fields their shooting in.