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Ohio man fires gun inside apartment, frightening couple in bed on other side of wall, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 24 2013 10:42:17 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

A couple's quarrel about their deteriorating relationship spilled over into a neighboring apartment after an Ohio man fired a gun at a bedroom wall, officials said.

James W. Blomstran discharged a Kimber .45 caliber handgun into the wall of the master bedroom of his girlfriend's apartment in the 2100 block of Johnston Drive, Bethlehem Township, Northampton Co., during an argument around midnight Wednesday, officials said.

The shot caused plaster to fall on a couple in bed in the adjoining apartment of the 12-unit building, and the bullet was found on their bedroom floor, officials said.

No one was injured, officials added.

Blomstran and his girlfriend started arguing about their relationship earlier in the evening at a bar and continued when they returned to the woman's apartment, with Blomstran eventually falling asleep and the woman waking him to tell him she was going to a gym to work out, officials said.

The woman returned from the gym in half an hour because she and Blomstram were arguing by phone, and when Blomstran complained that he was not happy with his life, his girlfriend advised him "to drink less and try to be happy," officials said.

That's when Blomstran went into the master bedroom and grabbed the gun, officials noted.

Blomstran, 23, of Cortland, Ohio, was arraigned on charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 2.