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Man charged with shooting into daycare playground

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Five children on a playground of a day care center on South Yearling Road were unscathed May 6 after bullets fired from an adjacent apartment building breached the playground's fence.

Police arrested Rashawn C. Farmer, 23, for felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a school safety zone. Both charges are second-degree felonies.

Farmer was arraigned May 7 in Franklin County Municipal Court where a judge set a $200,000 bond. Farmer is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. May 16 in Municipal Court.

Farmer had no prior criminal record, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.

Whitehall police said Farmer and his girlfriend were involved in an argument shortly after 4 p.m. May 6 when Farmer fired a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol though an open window of his apartment at 151 S. Yearling Road.

Farmer fired three times and the bullets passed through a fence surrounding the playground, embedding in the ground just past the fence, said Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso.

The felonious assault charge stems from the potential harm to the children on the playground at Jelly Bean Junction -- not the woman with whom he had been arguing inside his apartment -- police said.

Farmer never threatened to shoot the woman, Kelso said.

"He was pretty much doing the 'See how tough I am' routine and fired the gun out the window," Kelso said.

Police received multiple calls about the gunshots and witnesses at the apartment complex pointed out Farmer's apartment as the source.

Farmer told police he was firing at a person with a gun who had attempted to enter his apartment, but there was no evidence to support the story, police said.

The woman at the apartment also provided a statement to police.

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