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Adam David Dietzel, charged with discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and other crimes.
In the rules of gun safety, the first is to act as if a gun is always loaded.
Another rule of paramount importance is to always be sure of your target and what is behind it, according to concealednation.org.
It appears as though a Virginia man violated those rules — and several laws — when he fired a handgun at the Holiday Inn on Leader Heights Road in York Township on Friday morning.
The shot traveled through the hotel and into the rear parking lot, nearly striking a woman loading a vehicle, according to charging documents.
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The alleged shooter, Adam David Dietzel, 25, of the 1000 block of Red Mill Boulevard, Virginia Beach, faces two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and disorderly conduct.
Dietzel was arraigned on the charges and released after posting a portion of $5,000 of his bail. He has a preliminary hearing before District Judge Scott Laird scheduled for Dec. 17, according to online court dockets.
He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Adam David Dietzel, charged with two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and disorderly conduct. (Photo: Submitted)
‘Manipulating the weapon’
About 5:40 a.m. on Friday, York Area Regional Police were called to the Holiday Inn Express, 140 Leader Heights Road, where victim Tonya Conway said a bullet fired from the hotel nearly struck her, documents state.
Police determined the shot was fired from Room 217, on the hotel’s second floor and arrested Dietzel, the person renting the room.
When fired, the bullet tore through the wooden door at Room 217, across an elevator lobby area, through a wall, then through Room 214 — where a man was sleeping — and finally blasted out an exterior glass window and into the parking lot, according to documents.
The sleeping man, Allen Gray, was awoken by the shot, but there was no indication he was injured.
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During an interview, Dietzel admitted to “mistakenly firing one round from a handgun while manipulating the weapon,” according to documents.
Dietzel, who was renting a room while in town for work, said he finished a shift about midnight and then drank alcohol. Police measured Dietzel’s blood-alcohol level and found it was .180 percent, documents state.
After he fired the shot, he did not report the incident to hotel staff