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NY village: No school-days police target practice

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Police in a Hamptons community will stop using their firing range on school days after the sound of gunfire rattled parents of students at a nearby school.

Newsday reported Friday that Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley ordered police to limit target practice to the 185 days a year when the Tuckahoe School is not in session.

The kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school is about a quarter-mile from the gun range. The range has been there for decades.

Some parents complained after officers used the range a week after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The range's targets lie on a berm in the woods. The school is opposite the direction of fire.

Epley says no other police departments use the range.

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