Man booked for weekend shotgun blast |

Man booked for weekend shotgun blast

Gregory Crofton

A shotgun blast shook an apartment building at 1057 Glenwood Way Sunday night and left a resident injured from flying glass.

Police arrested 38-year-old Shaun Petrusa on suspicion of firing a 12-gauge shotgun out his open apartment door into a door across the hallway. Officers said Petrusa smelled of alcohol and looked drunk when they arrested him around 9 p.m.

Pellets from the shell pierced the apartment door, went through the living room and shattered a window inside next to a refrigerator.

Alberta Scaramella, 62, suffered a minor cut because of the broken window. She and her son, John Scaramella, 40, moved into the apartment three days earlier as managers of the building. John was in a bedroom at the time of the shooting, police said.

A search of Petrusa’s apartment turned up an empty shotgun shell under a sofa cushion, a shotgun in a closet and a .44 caliber pistol hanging on the wall. Officers took each weapon and the shell as evidence.

Petrusa told police that he fired the shotgun by accident. He was booked for willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner, a felony.

El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said preliminary information indicates there was no animosity between Petrusa and the Scaramellas before the shooting.

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