KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) – A Kansas City man in the Waldo neighborhood of Missouri is scaring neighbors, who say he is shooting his pellet gun at cats, dogs and wildlife in general like squirrels and birds.
After having called the police and the elected officials, in vain, the inhabitants of the district are fed up and want it to stop. His name is Chuck Davis, and he said he’s lived in his house for over 50 years. He’s not afraid of what he’s doing at all, but now his neighbors are worried.
“People are afraid to leave their animals outside. They worry about their pets and they worry about their children,” said Davis’ neighbor Tracy Quaethem.
In a video taken by a neighbor, he can be seen loading the pellet gun and then firing. FOX4 took this Waldo neighborhood’s concerns straight to the source.
When asked if he shoots any pets in the neighborhood, he replied, “Oh yeah, I did, I do,” Chuck Davis said.
Then, when asked why he was doing this, Davis replied, “I don’t hit animals with a pellet gun.”
According to the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD), what Chuck Davis is doing is illegal.
A neighbor FOX4 spoke with, so scared she wouldn’t speak on camera, said she made several attempts to reach police, and she said, “they didn’t seem too worried.”
“He has to stop. If that can happen, somebody has to take his gun away from him, or whatever has to happen, then he’s not doing it anymore,” Quaethem said.
Neighbors said the shooting seemed reckless, but Davis insists he only targets animals that end up on his lawn.
“Most of the time I don’t even barely aim because I’m just making the sound with it, and the little pellet is going to go to the side somewhere, and everything else as soon as they hear it, they’re gone,” he said.
Even as his neighbor pleads for it to stop before it escalates, Chuck Davis is defiant.
“My message to these neighbors is: know what you’re talking about, then report it once you know what you’re talking about,” he said.
When FOX4 contacted the police to ask why nothing was done when his actions were illegal, KCPD said the man in question was very old. They will work to contact him and determine if resources need to be allocated in addition to any legal measures that may be applied.