September 13, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 37

Petersburg goes another round with vandals

The Petersburg gun range, near Papke’s Landing, recently was vandalized by gunfire.

Chris Cotta / Submitted Photo
Many of the windows of the gun range club house have been shot through.

Petersburg Rod and Gun Club President, Chris Cotta, discovered the damage when he took his sons out to do some target shooting.

“Someone had shot the lock off of the front gate,” Cotta said. “I started looking around and noticed most of the clubhouse windows had been shot multiple times.”

Other damage to the range includes the range shelter, trash can, the rifle platform and also the 6 X 6 uprights were shot through.

“I have no doubt there are things that I missed,” he stated. “But I plan to return this week and inspect everything more closely.”

Rod and Gun Club members along with other local volunteers have made several improvements to the facility recently due to past vandalism.

“It is so frustrating to see this,” Cotta said. “I've personally put in a lot of time and effort with members and the public to fix the place up. Now we will have to put in more work and effort to get things back to normal.”

The Petersburg Police Department and Alaska State Troopers have been notified and are investigating.

“We need to find who did this and hold them accountable,” Cotta stated. “Too much work has gone into our facility to let these reckless and inconsiderate actions go unanswered.”

Cotta is encouraging anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward by contacting the Petersburg PD at (907) 772-3838.

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