Golfer struck by errant bullet

Nanaimo

2017-09-06 08:08 PDT

File # 2017-29075

A 60 year old Ladysmith male out for a round of golf at a Lantzville golf course is recovering after being struck in the lower leg by an errant bullet fired from an unknown area. The male is expected to make a full recovery.

At approximately 4:30 pm on Thursday August 31, 2017 the victim was just finishing up his round of golf when he felt a sudden sharp pain in his lower calf. A group of golfers came to his assistance and applied basic first aid then transported him off the course. The male victim drove himself to his home and later attended to the hospital in Ladysmith where x-rays confirmed a bullet was lodged in his calf. The bullet was removed and the wound dressed.

Investigators conducted neighbourhood inquiries and learned from nearby residents sporadic gunshots were heard throughout the afternoon on the day of the shooting. There is nothing to indicate the male was targeted and his injury may have resulted from an individual or others target practising in the adjacent rural area. Having said that, it is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 100 metres of any building and the basic rule of firearm safety is always know your background and beyond, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.
 

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Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238

Email: gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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