A Lilly man whose handgun allegedly discharged at a Richland Township nursing home has lost his gun license and may have to pay more than $700 in restitution, authorities said Tuesday.
David M. Motel Sr. was charged with reckless enlargement, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief stemming from a Christmas Eve incident at Golden Living Center-Richland, 349 Vo Tech Drive.
Motel waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland, which moves the case to Cambria County court.
Motel was visiting a friend at the nursing home on Dec. 18 when he apparently dropped the weapon where he had been sitting.
Six days later, a female employee picked up the gun, thinking it was a toy. The
.22-caliber pistol went off, firing one round into the wall of a resident’s room.
Motel allegedly did little to locate the lost gun after it went missing.
“He didn’t do a whole lot to find it,” township police Detective Thomas Keirn said. “He needed to take responsibility in regard to his weapon.”
The pistol, small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, was loaded with five rounds, Keirn said.
The gun had no trigger guard, which means it easily could fire if you “bump the trigger,” he said.
No one was injured in the mishap. Golden Living Center was placed on lockdown and several security measures were taken, creating extra expenses for the home, Keirn said.
Although he had visited the facility about six times, Motel told police he had never noticed signs on the door prohibiting firearms in the building.
Motel surrendered his gun license after the incident.
He is free on bond.