At grand opening, gunshots still heard outside new Colonial Shooting Academy

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Two weeks after NBC12 reported on the unwanted gunshot noises coming from a new indoor shooting range, we're back to find out the issues have not been resolved.

The noises threaten to overshadow Wednesday's grand opening of the Colonial Shooting Academy in Henrico, located in the 6000 block of W. Broad St. Neighbors who live on Indigo Road, behind the academy, are in no mood to celebrate.

When Virginia Kelleher mows the lawn, that's loud...but the moment she turns it off things don't get much quieter.

"When you're outside in the yard, you can't sit out here and just be quiet. You've got this noise going on out here," Kelleher said.

She lives on Indigo Road, just a few hundred feet from the Colonial Shooting Academy. If there was any doubt about the noises that permeate the neighborhood, all you have to do is listen.

Two weeks ago, we visited the academy, where management already was boasting about its state-of-the-art accommodations. At the time, management said the gunshot noise should've been muffled by now, but the fix hasn't come as quickly as expected.

Ed Coleman is the general manager, who -along with the Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli- cut the ribbon Wednesday on the sparkling new academy.

"We do appreciate [neighbors] calling and talking to us. That's been very important to keep that dialogue going to let them know that we're working on that, and for us to recognize their complaints," Coleman said.

The noise is considered a temporary setback for the facility, billed as the country's largest, with an emphasis on friendliness and safety.

"It's one thing to be able to carry, it's another to be able to carry correctly," Cuccinelli said during his remarks as guest speaker.

Back in the neighborhood, Kelleher will know they've been successful when she doesn't have to hear about it anymore.

"Do what they said they were gonna do, fix it so the noise level, you can't hear it out in the neighborhood," Kelleher said.

The goal of management at the academy is to bring the gunshot noise down to the level of the traffic outside. They'll have a new timetable for making the fix next week.

The academy is not considered in violation of the Henrico County noise ordinance.

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