After complaints, property owner won’t fire shots towards Brushy Creek Trail

Brushy Creek Trail on Oct. 20, 2016 (KXAN/Kylie McGivern)
Brushy Creek Trail on Oct. 20, 2016 (KXAN/Kylie McGivern)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A property owner is promising to be careful after people say bullets have flown by them on the Brushy Creek Trail.

Police say they took action after another complaint was filed Monday. They say there have been 10 calls in the past two years. KXAN first spoke with people in the area of concern, a portion of the trail off Collingwood Drive, Wednesday night.

In a statement, police said, “The property owner said he would not shoot toward the tree line along the creek, and move further away from the creek to the middle of his property when hunting.”

The property is located across from the trail on E. Palm Valley Boulevard, close to Dell Diamond.

“It just was right in front of us. Like we just another foot and one of us might have got hit,” Mary Simpson told KXAN, thinking about her experience while walking the trail with her grandchildren. She’s one of many trail-goers KXAN has spoken with who recall what they say was a close call.

“The girls were just 6 and 8, so with a younger child they’re smaller and more damage would be done if they got hit,” Simpson said, describing what she thought was a bullet that crossed her path on Brushy Creek Trail.

Shotgun pellets used in dove hunting (Courtesy/Costa Galazios)
Shotgun pellets used in dove hunting (Courtesy: Costa Galazios)

A hunter who’s spent time on the E. Palm Valley Blvd. property dove hunting, sent us a photo of the pellets, not bullets, that are typically used.

“Whatever it is, they’re coming over in this direction,” Simspon said. “It would have been very painful.”

Simpson’s granddaughter, Victoria Butler, had an additional experience a few years ago when she was with her mother, older sister and younger brother. “It was just really scary,” Butler said, describing how she and her family were walking home on the trail and heard a few gun shots that they got louder and louder.

“We were yelling that we had a baby with us because it sounded like it was coming like really close,” she recalled.

Round Rock police originally told us the property of concern to neighbors was in Williamson County, but apologized on Thursday and corrected that error. Though it’s illegal to discharge firearms within Round Rock city limits, state law says because the size of the tract of land and distance from occupied buildings, it’s allowed. Texas law states that a municipality may not apply a regulation relating to the discharge or firearms or other weapons if the shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow is discharged:

  1. On a tract of land of 10 acres or more and more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and
  2. In a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.

“The part that’s bad about it is all of the stray bullets that are coming over on this side where people are walking on the walking trail,” Simpson said. “Is there some way where they could be shooting in another direction? Maybe that would just fix the problem.”

Police say they haven’t found any evidence a crime has been committed, but ensure they take these calls seriously and will continue to monitor activity in that area.

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