Man charged for firing shots into storefront

A Seymour man faces at least two charges related to an incident involving someone firing seven rounds into the front of a downtown gun shop Thursday evening.

Kevin C. Seville, 61, faces one Level 6 felony count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and one Class A misdemeanor count of criminal mischief after his apprehension and ultimate confession to the shooting, Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

Abbott said police believe they have a motive for why Seville fired the shots at the business, but he declined to release that motive because of the ongoing investigation.

The business was closed at the time. A front window and a window in a door were broken. No injuries were reported.

The owners live above the store but were not there at the time the incident occurred, Abbott said.

The incident that led to Seville’s arrest began when officers Mathew Carver and Adam Surface responded to a report of broken glass and an alarm at Bite the Bullet at 101 E. Second St. at 7:58 p.m. Thursday.

Abbott said the officers responded quickly.

“They were in the area for another call, and it was probably only two minutes after the report,” Abbott said.

The officers identified multiple bullet holes in the front windows of the firearms and ammunition store. Detectives Greg O’Brien and Brian Moore were called to investigate the incident.

Investigators found seven spent .22-caliber long rifle casings in the front of the store at Second Street and Indianapolis Avenue.

A review of multiple surveillance video sources yielded material that led to the identification of a possible suspect, Abbott said.

Around noon Friday that person, identified as Seville, was found and questioned, Abbott said.  

During questioning, Seville confessed to firing the rounds into the building, Abbott said.

The firearm used in the shooting was recovered after further investigation, Abbott said.

Seville was being held at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to three years in jail.

Abbott said additional charges against Seville are possible.

Author photo
Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.