Cody Lupo points to the pattern of pellets that entered the trailer bedroom, narrowly missing the propane tanks.
Brett G. Hatch
Multiple shotgun blasts startled a northeast Price neighborhood early Monday, damaging several vehicles and leading to the felony arrest of a Carbon County man.
Brett G. Hatch, 33, of Price was taken into custody by Price police Monday afternoon and booked into the Carbon County Jail after he allegedly fired the shots that punctured the vehicles of Cody Lupo.
Hatch now faces one second degree felony restricted person in possession of a firearm and one third degree felony criminal mischief charge. The criminal mischief count has been enhanced to a felony due to the amount of property damage.
According to Capt. Bill Barnes, the incident took place at about 1:30 a.m. when Hatch reportedly approached the 1300 Block of Sagewood Road and fired four shotgun rounds at Lupo's property.
One round blew out the back window of Lupo's late model Chevy Pickup, the second shot punctured the body of his Chevy Tahoe. The third and fourth shots hit the back wall of the victim's camper, entering the recreational vehicle's sleeping quarters.
"My kids were sleeping in that trailer two weeks ago," said Lupo during an interview with the Sun Advocate Wednesday afternoon. "Needless to say, they won't be sleeping out there ever again."
According to victim, his family was getting ready for bed just after 1 a.m. Monday morning when multiple thunderclaps filled the air.
"I thought it was fireworks," said Lupo. "But when I heard two more pops, I knew it was a gun, the sound is just different. I grabbed a bat and a flashlight and I headed outside."
After seeing no one, Lupo began inspecting his property and was shocked by what he found.
"I looked up at my truck and there was a hole," he said. "The glass was just shattered. I took off at that point and started yelling. I was determined to find this guy."
Lupo's neighbor Shawn Powell saw the suspect shooting. After hearing the same loud reports, he began to make his way outside and noticed an individual on the sidewalk.
"When I saw the gun and saw him fire I started screaming and the guy took off," said Powell. "I was going to go through the neighbor's yard and cut him off but then I started thinking, is this guy just out to get Cody or is he nuts?"
Lupo and Powell gave chase as neighbors reported that the suspect had run further into the neighborhood. After a brief search, the police were called.
Between police action and observation by Lupo's family and those in the neighborhood, Hatch was taken into custody just 15 hours after the shooting.
While multiple motives have been reported over the course of the investigation, a police press release alleged that the crime was motivated by Hatch's "not being appreciative that the victim possessed a nicer house and vehicles than he possesses."
Hatch reportedly stated that he never meant to hurt anybody. However, the two shotgun blasts which hit the camper missed its propane tanks by inches. Additionally, the Tahoe's side panel was littered with penetrating buck shot right on top of the fuel door.
The shotgun allegedly used by Hatch has been seized.
"This incident has completely taken away my family's sense of security," said Lupo. "We used to feel safe here, but look how fast something like this can happen."
According to Capt. Barnes, the arrest was made after forensic evidence was evaluated and an investigation took place.
"I want to make sure and say how much I appreciate the police for everything they have done," said Lupo. "They have been great through this whole ordeal."