HAWTHORNE, NJ - According to the Hawthorne Police Department, on Friday, July 31, at 4:39 p.m., a resident at a Royal Avenue apartment reported suspicious broken glass. When the police arrived, it was determined that two bullets had been fired through a window and that the bullets originated from a Washington Avenue backyard.
Hawthorne's Detective Bureau and the patrol were on their way to talk to the resident at the suspected point of origin when the police said Antonio Porporino, 65, was seen in his garden carrying a rifle.
"Just prior to the officers' arrival at the suspect residence, the suspect put his gun back into a nearby open shed," the Hawthorne Police Department said in a statement. "Officers on scene then made contact with the suspect who stated he was just standing in his garden."
According to police, the rifle was "in plain view" leaning against a wall inside a shed.
"The suspect initially stated that he didn’t fire the weapon," police said. "The rifle was secured at the scene."
Porporino was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters. While there, a bullet was found in one of his pockets.
"He then stated he was trying to shoot small critters that were eating the vegetables in his garden, and that had missed his intended target," police said.
The Hawthorne man was charged and released with a pending court date.
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