A business traveler from Virginia checked into the Holiday Inn Express & Suites York in Pennsylvania and returned to room 217 drunk on Friday. He took out his 9 millimeter pistol. And he fired it in the room.
The bullet “went through the room of a sleeping man and an elevator lobby before nearly striking a woman in the parking lot.”
The bullet from Dietzel’s Keltec P-11 handgun went through the wooden door of his hotel room, across the elevator lobby area, through a wall, and then through Room 214, where a man was sleeping at the time…The noise woke him up…The bullet then crashed through an exterior window of Room 214 “and is believed to have traveled across the rear parking lot and within the vicinity of” the woman who reported that someone had fired at her.
He’s been charged with “third-degree felony of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, two counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct” and is free on $5000 bail.
He had worked until midnight and then started drinking. By the time police arrived, investigated him, and gave him a breathalyzer he still blew a 0.18. He admitted to accidentally firing the weapon, and also that he “hid the remaining nine live rounds in a tissue box in the bathroom.”