Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You Just Never Know...!

Sometimes just sitting in the yard can get you in trouble!

Hopefully, nothing like this will ever happen to us while we are sitting on the patio. Not a good way to start the day with your coffee!

I found this story in the Houston Chronicle and because of the subject matter, I thought I would share it!

Stray shot hits man on the nose
Associated Press
Sept. 27, 2010, 8:46AM

SEQUIM, Wash. — A man was sitting in his back yard near Sequim when he felt a pain in his nose and it started bleeding.

The Clallam County sheriff's office says the man apparently was hit by a stray shot Saturday from people shooting at clay pigeons with a .22-caliber weapon a half-mile away.

Sgt. John Keegan told the Peninsula Daily News the bullet came down at a steep angle and hit the top of the man's nose. Medics took him to Olympic Medical Center on Port Angeles where he was treated and released.

Investigators talked to a witness who had seen a woman and two men shooting clay pigeons in a field about a half-mile from the victims home, which was hidden by trees.

Guess we are going to have to start wearing a safety helmet while we have our morning coffee! Why don't we get a fresh cup and sit outside for a bit? I'm willing to take a chance if you are!


Ken said...

...clay pigeons with a doubleduece(?)

...people watch too much 'Impossible Shots' on the bubetoob...i'd find that fother mucker and kick his a$$...

HermitJim said...

Hey Ken...
Just goes to show how stupid some folks can be!

I'm with you on taking this guy away from anything that even looks like a gun!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Calandreya said...

I could use a nose bob, but there's too much chance they'd hit something else. ;)

Ben in Texas said...

Yea, I'll join you outside, just as soon as I find my hard hat! :-)

Anonymous said...

I wonder if much the same happens when squirrel hunters are shooting rimfires in the trees as well. We don't have squirrels down here, so can't comment on the practice. Our 'stray shot' news story occur mainly on New Years Eve when people shooting guns in the air cause a little mayhem. Lately, a few stray shots from Mexico cartel battles across the Rio Grande have occurred as well. Weird.

Mechanic in Illinois said...

Good thing they weren't using a 30:06. Next time they need to shoot pigeons closer to the White House and we'll get a lucking shot. Thanks for another great lesson.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One
Now thats scary. Not safe anywhere anymore. And we love to sit out and have our coffee too. Maybe we should all go to the army surplus store and get some helmets.
I'll bring some fresh ground coffee to the patio this morning.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One
Now thats scary. Not safe anywhere anymore. And we love to sit out and have our coffee too. Maybe we should all go to the army surplus store and get some helmets.
I'll bring some fresh ground coffee to the patio this morning.

HermitJim said...

Hey Caladreya...
That would be my luck as well!

Some folks should always be under the care of a "keeper" if you know what I mean!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Ben...
Things are getting dangerous outside! Heck, it's pretty bad when you can't even sit in your own back yard without being injured by a stray bullet!

Hard hat would seem to be in order!

Thanks for the visit!

hey Anon 7:16...
Does seem like those stray shots from across the border are becoming a real problem!

Sort of declaring war, I wonder how we could stop it?

Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Mechanic...
I have a feeling that these folks couldn't hit what they were shooting at, and that makes them a real danger to one and all!

We'll just have to keep ducking!

I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey JoJo...
Certainly seems as though some safety measures should be taken!

One thing, we should at the very least teach the guy about the proper weapon for shooting clay targets!

Really makes you wonder! Hey, thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Kelle said...

This is a worry for us, especially with hunting seasons just opening. We live on a river and some of the NUTS from the city come up and want to hunt the water fowl or even deer on the river bottom. Well, not only for our safety but for our farm animals we do NOT allow hunting. Sadly they sneek in anyway, we caught a man and his boy last season. Just can't be sure that they realize or even care what is in their sites and BEYOND *sigh*

Marjie said...

My dentist is going to harvest some of the d*mn deer from my yard this fall. During bow season, of course. And I have over 10 isolated acres. Why would someone be skeet shooting in a residential area anyway?

Catman said...


I grew up next to a river that emptied into the San Francisco Bay. During duck season, early mornings would sometimes produce sudden showers of shot in the back yard.

Never hurt anyone. Just became very annoying.

HermitJim said...

Hey Kelle...
So many accidents are caused every year by folks who are not obeying even the most basic of safety rules!

The scary point of this whole story is the lack of knowledge of the weapon in use by the shooters!

These types are the most dangerous, because of their total disregard for the safety of others!

Good luck with your hunting season!

Thanks for coming by!

Hey Marjie...
Bow season is certainly a lot safer for all, and a lot less likely to foster stray shots!

As to why folks do what they do...who knows?

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Catman...
Sorta makes you aware of what's going on around you, doesn't it?

The world is becoming a very scary place!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

vlad said...
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vlad said...

In SERE scenario (survive, escape, resist, evade) if I have "only" my
22 they will be lucky if they don't catch me.

HermitJim said...

Hey Vlad...
Pretty impressive targets...proving once again that the ammo can ALL be lethal!

Care and safety should always be practiced because of the possibility of injury!

Thanks for the links...and for dropping by today!

Bob Mc said...

What goes up must come down. ALWAYS be aware of where your shot will eventually land.

Anonymous said...

Stray bullets are a daily fact of life here. The stat is 30 deaths/month in Rio alone. I tried clay pigeon shooting once, and couldn't hit them with a shotgun, they were damn hopeful using a .22, and more fools because the .22LR has an optimum (not accurate) range of 1 mile.


Ashley said...

If there's any balance in the universe, he should now play the lottery!