Dad: Person with pellet gun terrified my family

Posted at 7:48 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 19:48:47-05

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Michael Craig's daughter is afraid to sleep alone in her room at night.

That might not be so unusual for a 6-year-old girl. But her fear isn't an imaginary monster under the bed. It's the very real fear of someone shooting at her house, something that already happened early Monday morning.

Colerain Township police spokesman Jim Love said there have been multiple incidents over the past two weekends involving someone using a pellet gun to shoot windows of parked cars.

In the case of the Craig family, though, someone also shot at their home at about 1 a.m. Monday, when Michael Craig was leaving for work.

"I looked up, and the people were pretty much stopped behind my car and was shooting my car and my house," Michael Craig said. "I got in my car and went after them."

One pellet pierced a window frame in the living room. Another hit a screen door, which shattered when Craig's wife, Janet, opened it.  A third pellet struck the couple's bedroom window.

"My window is cracked all the way across now," Michael Craig said. "This is my bedroom, where my wife’s head is just on the other side of that window."

Yet another pellet hit just beneath their youngest daughter's bedroom window, Michael Craig said. The shooter also damaged his car.

"It really angers me, because I have a 6-year-old daughter who should not be afraid to sleep in her room at night because somebody is doing something that they think is funny or it's fun," he said.

Craig said he tried to follow the shooter, but he eventually lost sight of their car. Colerain police said the shooter is in a white Pontiac, either a Grand Am or Grand Prix, but they don't know which year. They're hopeful someone will be able to get a license plate number the next time the shooter strikes.

Anyone with information should call 513-231-2677.