Having grown up in a city, I’m not entirely familiar with the tradition of shooting road signs. Do you shoot the signs from a moving vehicle? Is there a preferred firearm/caliber? Anyway, I was certainly aware of the practice, encountering plenty of buckshot-mottled steel signage out in the country. And it is for sure illegal; an activity best hidden from upright citizen taxpayers and police. Obvs. Well, not so obvs/important if you’re stinking drunk . . .
Police said Troop C in Tolland [Connecticut] received numerous 911 calls from residents in the Crystal Lake area reporting gunshots.
Ellington police and state police responded to the area and saw a man, who turned out to be Czaja, emerge from the woods carrying a long gun.
Police said they ordered [Alexander] Czaja to drop the gun and get on the ground before handcuffing him.
Czaja was found carrying two additional handguns and more than 25 rounds of .40 ammunition.
Police said Czaja had been drinking and was walking home from a friend’s house. On his way home, he fired 11 rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun, 17 rounds from a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber and 6 rounds from a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver at a speed limit sign on Minor Hill Road.
courant.com further reports that the local DA charged Mr. Czaja with unlawful discharge of firearms, illegal carrying of a firearm under the influence of drugs and alcohol, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment.
Assuming he’s guilty of something stupid firearms-related, Mr. Czaja has also earned himself TTAG’s IGOTD award. Tradition or no, perforating public property is perfidious.