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    Shots were fired Sunday evening into Noah Blanchard's home in Barrington, New Hampshire. Thankfully, no one was injured. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016)

    Noah Blanchard was on the side of his home in Barrington, New Hampshire, when he heard the gunshots Sunday evening.

    "You can hear the ripping through the leaves," Blanchard said. "I'm thinking, 'Someone doesn't realize there is a house down range.'"

    Blanchard's home surveillance camera captured what happened next. With shots going off, Blanchard runs towards the front of his Barrington house and ducks down.

    "I could hear the bullets through the trees in my direction," he said. "It was a different noise."

    One of the bullets hit Blanchard's home, went through the master bedroom and into a hallway wall. Blanchard's wife had been in the master bedroom 20 minutes before the shooting.

    "Thankfully we are not talking about a fatality," Barrington Police Chief Robert Williams said.

    Barrington Police officers were in the neighborhood and responded to a nearby clearing near Blanchard's home.

    Chief Williams says the man who fired the shots was still on the scene when officers got there. He says there doesn't appear to be any criminal intent, but criminal charges still possible.

    All of this an important reminder with hunting season starting.

    "To the people who are out discharging their firearms, please identify your backstop, your backdrop and know your geography and area that you are shooting," Chief Williams said.

    Soon after, Blanchard, who is a merchant marine, met with the man.

    "Once he found out he was incredibly apologetic and felt very awful that he hadn't looked at the area before," Blanchard said. "People need to be aware of their surroundings, and situational awareness is imperative when target practicing or hunting."

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