A horse pulling an Amish buggy was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Sunday.
Police say that the horse was pulling the buggy, which had five people inside, when a car pulled up next to it. The people in the buggy told police they heard a loud bang as the vehicle passed by but didn’t immediately think it was a gunshot.
“They didn’t think it was anything,” said East Lampeter Police Sgt. Brian Cloonan. “They thought it was a firecracker at the time.”
Once the buggy reached a farm about a mile away from where the shooting happened, the people examined the horse to find that it was bleeding from its mouth. A veterinarian was called to the scene, but the horse wound up dying from the gunshot that put a bullet through its chest.
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"Sometimes people throw firecrackers at buggies," said East Lampeter Township Police Lt. Robin Weaver. "That's what they thought had happened. In 30 years, I've never seen anything like this.”
Sgt. Cloonan agrees, saying that they’ve never had an incident where a horse was shot in a drive-by.
“We’ve had cars crash into buggies and horses run into cars, but nothing like this before,” said Cloonan.
Police are currently investigating the incident and are hoping to find the person or people that murdered the horse. All five people in the buggy were fine and did not sustain any injuries.