A 44-year-old Bluffton man was startled by the sound of a bullet traveling through his two-story Woodbridge home Thursday evening while taking a shower.
The man, whose girlfriend was also home at the time, told Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies he heard a loud noise that sounded like "a small explosion of sheet rock" about 4 feet away from.
He dried off to find bullet holes in an exterior and interior wall lined up with a bullet lodged in an upstairs bedroom wall, according to an incident report.
No one was injured.
Deputies later discovered the bullet was fired by a 14-year-old girl from a pond across from the home on Parkside Drive.
The girl dropped an empty shell casing while speaking with two deputies who responded to the Wellington Drive home where she and a 15-year-old girl were left unsupervised, according to the report. The girl briefly denied shooting the gun until the other girl "stated excitedly" they had done it, according to the sheriff's report, which stated the 14-year-old had fired her father's handgun without permission. Her parents were not home at the time.
Deputies recovered a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and two magazines with 16 live rounds that matched the empty shell casing, according to the report. All were seized for evidence.
The 14-year-old girl was petitioned to appear before Beaufort County Family Court for unlawful possession of a handgun and being an "incorrigible juvenile."
A petition is the method by which charges are brought against a juvenile.
The shooting caused $1,000 in structural damage, according to the report.