Man accused of shooting at vehicle with boy inside

Donald Chamra

DORSET TOWNSHIP — A man is accused of blasting out the window of a vehicle with a shotgun as a boy and his father were inside it.

Donald Chamra, 33, of First Street, Dorset Township, is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count each of having weapons under disability and criminal damaging or endangering, according to court records. He appeared in Eastern County Court Thursday where is bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety.

The boy, 13, called 911 around 9:43 p.m. Wednesday and reported that he and his father had just been shot at by Chamra at a residence on First Street. The boy had trouble communicating with dispatchers due to poor cell phone reception but he was able to say that windows of the vehicle were shot out and they had fled the area, the report states.

The boy and his father then went to their home in Richmond Township where deputies found them unharmed. Deputies learned the boy’s father had been helping Chamra repair a truck at a neighbor’s house and they went to Chamra’s home to pick him up so they could work on the truck further.

When they arrived at Chamra’s home and pulled into the driveway he came out and fired one round into the man’s vehicle while he and his son were still inside, the report states. The rear passenger window of the Dodge Durango was shattered by what appeared to be “bird shot” ammunition and shattered glass was strewn about the inside of the vehicle.

After the shot was fired the boy’s father got out of his vehicle, confronted Chamra and a fight ensued. As the man tried to take the shotgun away, Chamra hit him in the face with a piece of wood, the report states.

The boy then struck Chamra to help his father get away from the fight and the two were able to get away, the report states.

Deputies found Chamra at his home where he admitted to firing the shotgun at the vehicle when it pulled into his yard. He claimed to not know who was driving it and reported firing the gun because he believed it was someone trespassing because he is the only one who lives on the dead end street and there is no reason for anyone to come down there at night.

Deputies found the double-barreled shotgun inside his mobile home. Chamra told deputies he was only trying to protect his property and he was not aware there was a young child inside, the report states.